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We do this trail at least once a month.

Logged 3.5 miles from the Upper to the Lower Parking areas. Very nice views along this loop. The Appalachian Trail was very icy in spots.

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9 days ago

Logged 5.5 miles on this hike which included hiking to the top of Dark Hollow Falls and exploring around the Rose River Falls. Nice little loop!

Nice hike with a moderate inclines.

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.

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18 days ago

Hiked on Thanksgiving. Following the cascading Rose River might be one of my favorite hikes ever!

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28 days ago

Really beautiful trail with wooded areas, waterfalls, and streams. Somewhat protected from the wind so a little less cold than the more exposed summit hikes. This is a great option to mix it up a bit. We were there two days after it rained and there were a few slick spots but it was very manageable overall. It’s closer to 5 miles when you include the fire road (which you need to use if you are doing the full loop), and there’s an interesting old cemetery near the start as well.

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 trail!! Loved the waterfalls!! Great idea to do trail clockwise!!! Easy wide path at the end then! Entire loop was more than 3.5 though!! Total was more like 5 miles if you count Rose River Trail loop and Rose river fire road.... you have to get back where you started for a total of about 5 miles. We just started out later and sunset came earlier so ended up finishing and it was dark. Trail was five stars though! Beautiful views!

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

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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.

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.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Easy down, but have to come back up. Be sure to do the full loop in order to see all the springs and falls. It's easier to take the left trail down, then take Rose road back up.

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.

Absolutely amazing views. Very windy in mid October. Wore my baby and didn’t have many issues. The incline on the way up is enough to get your heart going. There were 2 rock scrambles along the salamander trail on the way back down that were a bit of a challenge. With babies and dogs. Wish we would’ve packed a picnic for the top. Lots of space to relax at the summit.

This was a really easy hike with gorgeous views. We did this trail in the opposite direction as the map suggests here, which I recommend because the incline is much more gradual that way. It was moderately crowded on the trail and very hard to find parking, so I suggest doing this earlier in the day if possible.

Amazing views at the summit!!

hiked this on a very windy day so made it a tad chilly on the summit, but over all this hike is beautiful the views along side the mountains ridge hiking up are amazing although the wind was a bit more prevalent on that side so would recommend a good windbreaker/puffer on a windy fall day but this hike was pretty easy and the summit views are a bit crowded on the weekend but still something to be seen as it is the highest point in the park!

Excellent hike! We met up with Ranger Nate S a few times and he was so amazing.

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.

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

Nice trail... Following alongside the river and multiple cascading falls. Going clockwise allows you to come up on the falls, with the exception of the first one where you’ll come up from behind it, but can climb down to the bottom to get a great view.

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.

If you want a quick morning hike with great views this is a good one. It is also kid and dog friendly. I would certainly rate this hike as Easy and not Moderate. Views from the peak are amazing, though it can be very crowded on weekends.
As people have stated get there early as parking fills up fast. Also with parking limited don't be a tool and take up 2 parking spots. Someone today slammed their car door into mine leaving a nice big scratch, thanks.

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.

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3 months ago

This is a great trail that follows a scenic stream with a beautiful waterfall and several places to take a quick dip in the cold water. Access from skyline drive is super easy and it's very close to the visitor's center and big meadows campground. I did it with my 12yo son on a balmy hot day in July. The heat and humidity made the hike a little harder than expected but it was still really enjoyable. I plan to do it again with my wife, 10yo daughter and son again in September.

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