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

SNP Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Pretty short hike and straight forward. People are complaining about there being lots of people, I woke up at 430 and hiked up didn't see a single person had the sunrise to myself. You gotta go when no one else wants to, that the trick!

Awesome rock scramble

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.

Amazing views, worth the challenging uphill hike! Extremely windy at the top, careful with the wind gusts when close to the edge!

rock scrambling is the best.

Over all good workout. Kinda rocky tho.

Really beautiful summit! I would rate this more as a moderate, but I'm also a bit out of practice. Definitely feels longer than expected because it's all up hill. Well worth the workout though!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is probably my favorite trail in the entire park. This is like a giant playground. It feels exposed and if you are afraid of heights, this probably is one to stay away from ...but the views are amazing and worth it. It is a pretty easy hike and the payoff for the view is well worth the scramble. NO DOGS allowed on the trail for obvious reasons ...I don't want someone hurting their fur baby trying to get them up to the summit for a pic, there are plenty of other places for that in the park..

Great hike. Not long and good work out. Done twice with my dogs.

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best places for sunrise/sunset if your up to scrambling up and down the rocks.

Great trail. Took our two small dogs they had no problem. Did see a small black bear on the first half of the trail

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to end your day on! Super easy. Great for kids!

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.

It’s under an hour, but it’s a great hour. Rock scramble is fun, you’re inches from sheer cliff in a few spots, though. Can be crowded.

Bearfence is always a hike. Short and sweet with quite the view at the peak. It is challenging for those who do not like heights or are unsteady on their feet.

It was a good trail. Other reviews are accurate in that the last bit is a little challenging if you are out of shape or have wee legs. Great veiws on a clear day in early October.

Nice and quick! Make sure you go both to the right (views of the Valley) and to the left (lava tubes) at the split. About 1.25 hours. approx 2.25 miles.

Amazing views at the summit!!

Lots of rocky terrain, but nothing too daunting. Beautiful view at the top, but very heavily trafficked trail. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, pick a “down” time. Nice that the trail is a T at the overlooks- left is a rockier, steeper view and right is an easier, more open view. Good workout.

Short trail with some challenging rock scrambles, definitely not pet friendly, nice views

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

Decent trail, not a lot of space at the overlook though. Probably would have rated the trail higher but the summit was too rocky for my dog to walk around on. Easy hike though if your looking for something quick and easy.

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.

Great short hike. Definitely check out both sides of the split. The left side brings you down a steep decline to a cool rock formation. To the right is a beautiful look out.

Load More