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Did this trail with my Husband in October. The view was incredible. The summit is small and windy but breathtaking. Highly recommend

Easy out and back hike.

Hiked this real quick at sunset after arriving in the area. So beautiful, quick n easy, and there was nobody else on the trail/at the overlook. No Little Stony Man in sight.... views were spectacular though at the summit

10-18- We did this hike after we finished old rag and stopped at Skyland to get some snacks. It was really nice with a pretty overlook. It took us about 50 minutes. At 3 PM we passed many other hikers. Not too difficult at any section.

walking
2 months ago

The views are amazing, you can drive pretty much all the way to the top if you just want to do a quick half hour hike

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

Quick hike to a neat waterfall

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.

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.

Nice crisp fall day for a walk in the woods with wife and 2 Dalmatians. Missed the "blue-blazed connector trail" described in circa 2000 guidebook as "generally well maintained and easy to follow." Not a trace; couldn't find its other end on the way down either, bushwacked where I thought it should be. Appalachian Trail led us up to Neighbor Mountain Trail and the Shelter. Enjoyed lunch at the shelter, watching raptors, views above and through the woods. Wound up, after looking for no longer existing connector, logging 3 miles in 2:13, including leisurely lunch.

Perfect hike to end your day after setting up your tent if you still have sunlight. Dogs are allowed

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick and absolutely worth it! The hike is essentially a straight uphill hike, but it was maybe 5 minutes bottom to top of the summit. And gorgeous views!

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

My boys and I decided to go see the Woodstock Tower and came up through Fort Valley Road. It was a relatively easy drive although it becomes a one-lane gravel/dirt road when it transitions to SR771 (Boyer Road and goes through Mine Gap). We decided to try the short hike from the Little Fort campground which was empty except for one tent camper. At the campground, a printed sign at the entrance indicates that the "white blazed trail to the Woodstock Tower starts at campsite 8" but we never found any blazings. There was a trail at campsite 8 that led through the woods to a fast-flowing stream that had both a rock crossing and a small footbridge. We followed that path for quite a while and never saw any blazings. It was a beautiful hike in any case and we enjoyed it. It was a clean trail and quiet but in the end we decided to turn around and head back to the truck and simply take the road up to the Tower Trail. Once there, we did not see any trash at all (as others have reported). It was very clean. The tower itself was cool and we had a great time up there despite the clouds (that we looked down upon). We could see quite a way when the clouds cleared periodically and could definitely see the bends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. All-in-all, despite having no luck finding the trail out of the campground, we had a great time and I would recommend this. If you've never been in an observation or fire tower, it's a good time and the views are fantastic.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful morning hike

Amazing vista at the summit!

Nice Hike

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.

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