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.

we went there with a 6 yr old and it was easy. The view from the summit is really breath taking. worth it. it took us close to 1hr 15 mins to complete.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a great trail that leads to an amazing view! When you see pictures of people standing on a rock ledge in Shenandoah with the mountains behind them, this is the spot. There are a couple of small trails to the left and the right which offer smaller rock overlooks that are equally worth visiting and take about a minute to access. If you want the epic photo, have your hiking partner go to the left trail and snap a picture of you on the main rock crop from the one on the left. You will be glad you did.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike! We did this hike early in the morning. We were above the fog, so visibility was limited. Super easy trail.

17 days ago

fantastic view when you get to the summit

22 days ago

Piece of cake with great view and plenty of fauna

25 days ago

Great hike for kids with a spectacular view at the summit!

hiking
30 days ago

perfect for bringing small kids. we brought our 6 and 3 years old and they did well. It was no problem for the 6. the view is spectacular

1 month ago

Easy hike with an excellent view. Saw two bears.

hiking
1 month ago

We are not in the best shape, so this was a great hike for us. The view is just amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice, leisurely hike, and well worth the view from the summit. We started at the Stony Man parking area (near Skyland), and just followed the trail. Wide and relatively flat, although it was a bit rocky at times. Pass the crossing Appalachian Trail and you will approach a fork; we took the right fork but either way meets again at the summit. The views were fantastic. (On the way back down we did cross on to the Appalachian Trail an on to the Passamaquoddy trail, which is a much different hike!)

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is very easy can be done in less then 1 hour. The view from the top is amazing and worth the quick hike. We went when it was about to thunderstorm and that is a bad idea, almost got hit by lightning so be careful. The summit is very small and can maybe host 6 people comfortably. We also saw 3 black bears on the way to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous, and it is fairly easy. Loved the ferns as they were really a great part of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy and nice hike! Not very scenic on the way though... but the view from the summit totally worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail with amazing views at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Short and easy hike with a stunning view at the end. Just as we made it to the summit, the clouds started to disappear and we were treated to the view of fog rolling between bright yellow-red trees in the valley below.
If you have a few minutes to spare and are in the area, give this short walk a shot!

4 months ago

Best at sunset

hiking
6 months ago

Nice look out but definitely an easy hike.

8 months ago

short & nice submit

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful view, great first hike in Shenandoah!

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

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

10 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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Nice trail.

11 months ago

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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!!!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Nice, easy hike. Unbelievable view at the top.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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.

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