Stony Man via Appalachian Trail

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Stony Man via Appalachian Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Luray, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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 Stony Man parking area located at mile 41.7. Trailhead is just inside the lot.

1 month ago

short & nice submit

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view, great first hike in Shenandoah!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view with a short hike to get there!

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail. Kid and dog friendly. Easy and great views.

hiking
2 months ago

An easy hike on a heavily traveled trail, one of the most popular on the ridge. The view from the turnaround point is a huge draw and offers a fantastic view of the Shenandoah Valley.

Parking at the trail head fills quickly but the lodge offers plenty of parking just 100 yards up the road.

3 months ago

Great view at the end. Also takes you past an abandoned copper mine. It is a pretty cool trail.

3 months ago

This is a very easy, brief hike to the summit with a breathtaking view as the reward. After I reached the peak of Stony Man I came down and took a short excursion to the summit of Little Stony Man, where the view was almost as great. It waa maybe 3+ miles total to go to both summits.

4 months ago

Such a fun, easy trail. My kids loved the view!

4 months ago

Nice trail.

4 months ago

Great views, simple but fun hike. Great for kids.

5 months ago

Fun short hike, very good for beginners and summit view is such a bargain for the lack of work! Very well maintained trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, short, simple hike with a wonderful view at the top. It should be noted that you can only see the sign that indicates the trailhead for Stony Man by turning in to where it says "Skyland." Again - the view!!!

5 months ago

Nice, easy hike. Unbelievable view at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice little trail that delivers a spectacular view of the valley at the end for only little effort. This trail will always hold a special place in my heart because of the person who introduced it to me.

5 months ago

Such an easy hike for a beautiful view!

6 months ago

Awesome final view

6 months ago

Great for little kids!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a short and easy hike on a beautiful trail up to the 4,010 foot summit and the spectacular rocky lookout. Bring binoculars or a telephoto lens if possible. It is a great spot for birdwatching. If there is more time on my next visit, I would like to include Little Stony Man in a loop by way of the AT and the Passamaquoddy Trail.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

One of the best. For a longer hike, begin at the horse barns from the south entrance to Skyline. Follow the AP to the north entrance starting point.

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