Little Stony Man Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Shenandoah National Park

Little Stony Man Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length3.4 miElevation gain866 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the Little Stony Man parking area located at mile 39.1.

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Rachel Knickmeyer
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cut it to the shorter hike since the trail was pretty icy. amazing views though.

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Scott Johnson
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Kevin Zhang
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quite icy as of 2/25

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Meghan Espey
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Easy trail! A bit of rock climbing and pretty views

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Frank Dee
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Not the easiest trail to follow.. There’s multiple different ways you could go, which creates some confusion, especially with the snow currently on the ground, but that said.... This hike is really fun with awesome outlooks

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Jack Finley
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Nice trail. Well marked. Icy in spots with about 2-3 in. Of snow on the trail. Only saw 1 other person doing the full loop. Went counter clockwise. Only took about two and a half hours. Forgot to hit record so only shows from the summit on

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Laurianna Erb
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This trail was super fun to hike. We went while there was still a decent amount of snow on the ground, which made for some beautiful scenery. The trail has multiple overlooks and spots to stop and see the valley with each one getting better as you go up! There were a few portions of the trail where it was very helpful to have the map downloaded because the trail splits off in multiple directions or the markers were a bit confusing. Overall, though, it was a wonderful hike!!

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Cathy Batten
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Very quiet on the loop. We felt like we certainly conquered the whole mountain! Wonderful hike!

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Tim Vondermeulen
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Fig & Bird User
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HikingGreat!

We did the hike in winter with our 22 month old toddler, who walked most of the hike. It is icy but not slippery and the view in the end was like fairyland because of them icicles. Love it and great winter hike.

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Bradley Qian
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Short hike, but good incline and great views from the peak!

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Grace Zadnik
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

Beautiful trail with multiple magnificent overlooks! The last part of the trail was rather hazardous though, as ice had not melted and it was difficult to get traction (wearing hiking boots). A bit of a confusion at the very end as to where the trail led; we ended up walking to the lodge and finding the parking lot from there, but even that was a nice detour. We were the only ones on the trail.

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K M
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HikingFeeGreat!Snow

Great loop - the Passamaquoddy and Furnace Springs bits were more interesting and the Stony Man bits had great views.

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Aisha Momaney
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Good Rocky hike. Nice views

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Krisztina Christmon
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Did the hike on the weekend of Thanksgiving Sunday.Wasn’t crowded at all.Make sure to have proper hiking boots as it is real rocky most of the times.Felt my butt 2 days after the hike,so it was a great workout!The view is unbelievable!!!So worth it

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Stephanie Deese
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Mark Geiger
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Outstanding views at the overlooks, particularly at Little Stony Man. Without the leaves on the trees, there is a persistent view all along the ridge line as well. Quite a narrow, rocky trail most of the time with a couple of tricky spots, but no scrambling. It was quite busy on a Saturday but most people wore masks and the Little Stony Man overlook is large enough for folks to spread out. Overall a pleasant trail, on the easy side of moderate in terms of elevation changes but quite rocky and narrow along the ridge.

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Anna Quiroz
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Great great views

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Danny Le
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Jessi Burrack
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Nature trips

We went counterclockwise. Good view and easy trail

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John Ferrara
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Fantastic.. non stop views

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