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    Danielle Verba saved Uncle Tom's Trail

    11 months ago

    Danielle Verba saved Storm Point Loop

    11 months ago

    Danielle Verba saved Mystic Falls

    11 months ago

    Danielle Verba saved Lake Sylvan Trail

    11 months ago

    Danielle Verba saved White Rocks Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Cliff Trail (CLOSED)

    about 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Tumbling Waters Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Ellison Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Water Wheel Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Siphon Draw Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Danielle Verba saved Tadler Run Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Danielle Verba saved Rim & Gorge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Danielle Verba saved Ithaca Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Danielle Verba reviewed Little Stony Man Loop

    about 2 years ago

    My kids (7 and 9) had no issues with this hike, and overall we had a great time. If you only have time for 1 of the Stony Man hikes, however (and don't feel like doing the loop to get both), I would say the trail up to Stony Man itself (from Skyland) makes for a much better hike overall. The "Little Stony Man" trail up from the parking area on Skyline Drive offers a view of the "Stony Man", but that's not much to look at, and the view from on TOP of Stony Man is much better. Still, this was a fun hike, good exercise, and the kids enjoyed it.

    Danielle Verba reviewed Stony Man Trail

    about 2 years ago

    The kids (7 and 9) really had a fantastic time on this trail, which begins from a parking lot near the North entrance to Skyland. When we visited, a huge number of inchworms had recently hatched at Skyland, and they were everywhere (green ones and black ones with grey / white stripes) - our younger daughter LOVED it. She carried one with her on the hike all the way up. We also used the kid's scavenger hunt book for the area, which we really enjoyed. The view from the top is fantastic, and there's room enough for the kids to - cautiously - climb around and enjoy the rocks without being near the edge. Hold on to your hat! It can get extremely windy up there. We also saw a black bear and two deer on the walk back down. Perfect!

    Danielle Verba reviewed Dark Hollow Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    We parked at the edge of the Big Meadows visitor's center parking lot and started off on the Story of the Forest trail, which has a spur that crosses Skyline Drive and connects to the top of the Dark Hollow Falls trail, so the total distance was probably around 2.2 - 2.3 miles. Story of the Forest is a very easy (uneventful) trail, but it was a nice way to get started. Our daughters - 7 and 9 - had a great time on the hike down to Dark Hollow Falls, and the climb back up wasn't too bad for them, though we did stop a few times to let them rest. I would suggest hiking straight down to the falls with younger kids, and then allowing them to stop along the way back up - which they'll likely need to do anyway - and check out the stream and pools along the way. There are a few pools deep enough to have some brook trout, and you can take the time to try to find crayfish and salamanders as well. Got some great pictures of the falls with the whole family.

    Danielle Verba completed Dark Hollow Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago