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Nice hike to do with my dog and teens on veterans day. We saw a bear driving in the park but not on the trail. The incline seems to be about 2/3 of the way in on clockwise. It was nice to go that route and get the scenic view of the valley/Front Royal.

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.

Fun hike. got turned around and ended up turning left and hitting skyline drive instead of looping back to the visitor center (oops) so we added an extra 2 miles. otherwise, it was a fun walk in the woods..not too terribly steep. saw bears on the way back from the trail but not on the trail itself.

Love this hike!
Done it 3 times but never all the loop. I found difficult to find where to turn if doing it counterclockwise. The first time I went, it was 06:00 AM and saw a bear in a tree.

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

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14 days ago

I would consider this a sleeper trail that many people simply bypass. On top of that, I would also consider it being moderate as appose to easy. The trail becomes very rocky just getting to the very end of the mountain but there is switchbacks. The trail offers two great viewpoints but the 180 view is at the end on top of a concrete viewing platform. I am a 65 year old daily hiker and I enjoyed the whole trail. Some old timers would be just fine going to the first viewpoint. When you are standing there, look at the lower mountain to your left. That's the end !! There is a sign at the Trail-head and you can loop down from the STONE road near the horse stable.
If you are in the Skyland location then you could also do the Stony Man Trail. We got caught in the fog and rain on that one the day before. I wanted to do it a second time but our day was coming to an end. Skyland has two entry points. One trails at one and the other trail is at the other.

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.

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!!

Great little hike very convenient to Skyland Lodge. View from the platform area is spectacular

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.

Easy hike at the end of the day. Fun to walk up into the rocks.

Nice enjoyable hike. We were diverted several times due to a bear family in the area. Saw a lot of wildlife. Great hike for dogs! Very peaceful.

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
1 month 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!

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
2 months ago

Beautiful morning hike

Amazing vista at the summit!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pleasantly surprised. Nice little trail with frequent elevation changes and almost all under shade. The payoff is a viewing platform with a spectacular 270 degree field of view.
Rocky on some parts and this could be a good ankle twister - I’d wear boots next time as opposed to hiking shoes.
My four year old did it under her own steam and my almost three with some portage. Good trail for families as it is not too long and enough twists and turns and ups and downs to keep the trek varied.

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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