Explore leaves - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

leaves Map
VIEW FULL MAP

4.5 Stars. Completed Sunday after rain on Friday. Water crossings not too bad. Parked at Milam Gap, down Mill Prong and up Laurel Prong to the AT and back. Just past peak fall color but thin leaf cover made for spectacular views along the top portion of Laurel Prong.

Fun, short hike. Easy enough for a five and six year old. Very crowded on weekends. Excellent view!

Nice short hike. I had a few rain free hours to do this hike. It was creepy walking up in the fog and clouds but also awesome! lol I got the top and was alone but could not see the beautiful view because I was surrounded by clouds, I couldn't see more than 10 feet in front of me (I figured this would be the case when I started the hike). I couldn't even see the drop-off from the rock cliff, this was also creepy and awesome. I was not disappointed by not getting the view that everyone describes, I think my experience at the top was unique and interesting. Pic posted of my overlook.

Great views for such a short and easy hike! Hiked on a beautiful, sunny, autumn morning. Will definitely do again.

After HIKING a full day in fog and rain we were happy to get to the Big Meadows Campground. On day two, we started out HIKING two trails that were in the same location. With the sun being out the Dark Hollow Falls trail ( To The Right ) was super crowded. If you park at the Big Meadows parking lot you can hike both trails. The Falls lot was full. The Story of The Forest is a super easy nature trail and it was the only area we saw deer. The deer never even moved or acted afraid. They were in a marshy area and some sections were muddy due to it raining the night before.

Great short hike with a great view from the top. took the grandkids ages 4 and 5. They did just fine. we did the loop and loved the short trip on the AT.

We started day one of our HIKE socked in with fog then it started to rain. - We made it to the highest point in the Shenandoah National Park. - Just a short side trail off of the Appalachian Trail was the Stony Man Summit we were at a elevation of 4,036 Feet. - It's the highest point in Shenandoah along Skyline Drive. - On our way back down off the mountain we couldn't see 5 feet in front of us. This is great side trail off the AT and is only a 322 feet climb in 8 tenths of a miles. We will need to do this side trail again just to see the views in that location.

Good trail, definitely on the easier side of life. Overlook is gorgeous but a small area so prepare for it to be cramped with other visitors. Four year old handled the trail with ease.

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this hike in the wilderness. Hiked 8.5 miles up from the bottom, outside SNP from Rt 611 near Rileyville, where the private property owner no longer permits access to Jeremy’s Run Trail as of Oct. 2017.
Alternate rock hopping, ford construction, log sliding, branch pole use methods were tried on the many (at least 15) stream crossings. To her shame daughter had to use packed dry socks.
Sparkling sun down through the trees; mountains above, on both sides. Lunch with Barboursville cab sauv enjoyed.
Solitude undisturbed, only human encountered was 1 Park Ranger, spraying insecticide,we think. Only 1 deer tick in October.
Glad Alltrails graphic prepared us for end of hike steep ascent to AT. Grateful we found our ride with my wife at Elkwallow Wayside before dark.

Amazing views at the summit!!

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

Took my 6 year old and my 4 year old and they had a good time. The right distance and a great view at the top.

backpacking
1 month ago

We didn’t actually do the full loop because we were just backpacking in to camp one night by the river. We parked at Elkwallow Wayside and backpacked along the AT for about half a mile, then onto Jeremy’s Run Trail. We saw a bear about a mile into our hike. The path down to the river had a gentle grade then along the river it was very easy. There were several river crossings, and on a few of them we had to work hard to keep from getting our feet wet. We walked along the river for about six miles, then turned around and backtracked to a place we’d passed by earlier that was perfect for setting up our tent. It was a very pleasant night and we were awakened by what sounded like a group of barred owls calling to each other. The next day the hike out was very quick, and we saw a bear along the AT behind Elkwallow. There weren’t very many people on this trail. I think it’d be perfect for a family with young children because you don’t have to go very far before getting to the river.

I did this hike yesterday. It was enjoyable. But it definitely clocked in at 9.1 miles instead of 7.3.

Parked at Milam Gap trail head to begin the hike down the Mill Prong trail. Weather was misty and no active rain but recent rains left creek crossing much harder. Approximately 3 creek crossings with high water by the time I hit the last one.My dog did not like the last crossing - maybe she was trying to tell me something. Trails also acted as a conduit for the water which made it muddy and slippery. Once at Camp Rapidan, I met to nice Park volunteers from the Raleigh Durham area who live there for about a month and give tours of the Camp to the visitors. Returned to parking area by Laurel Prong Trial and the AT. That part of the trail was more active in terms of hikers. Good steady hike, although the ascent left me winded at times.

Gorgeous views at the end with birds circling the peak. Easy, but rocky, trail. Take your camera on this one.

Amazing views! So high it just takes your breath away. A lot of uphill but for my seasoned hikers, ages 5 and 9, we had no issues and the views were worth it. Buy the Stony Man brochure at the beginning of the trail (which is in the Skyland resort area) to get more history and perspective on the trail.

The cabin was nice. It rained for a few days before we went so crossing one of the rivers meant wet feet. Fun hike though.

This was a fun, easy hike! Beautiful views. We went in October and the colors were amazing!

Nice, easy trail. I got to see my first (up close) bear on this trail! It’s a great one to take kids on for a sensory hike. There aren’t any “views” (other than Mother Nature herself), but it’s still a nice one to do if you have some extra time at Shenandoah or if you just want to take it easy for a couple hours.

Definitely filler. No views.

Amazing vista at the summit!

Great trail. We took our two dogs with us and they loved every second. It’s mostly shady and the views are awesome. Our dogs did great on the trails and had no issues.

This was a wonderful family hike. Our 4 year old daughter was able to climb, explore, and keep up at a good pace. We reached the overlook at the beginning of sunset and the view was phenomenal! It was a wonderful and tranquil experience overall. We saw several families on the hike with children of all ages.

Great family hike. We have done this a couple of times with two young daughters in backpacks and when they were a little older our three year old walking most of the way. Gentle incline. Bring a picnic lunch. The top has great views from the rocky pile.

Sensational views and a family-friendly hike! Keep your eyes peeled for bears.

unbelievable views. great trail

2 months ago

Hike through dense woods to open up to a vast view point at the top. Short and easy for some amazing views

Easy with kids

Short but sweet. The stony man summit is really beautiful. The view is just mesmerizing. Easy enough to hike with children. I highly recommend it.

Load More