Story Book Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Luray, Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
65 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



partially paved


1 month ago

Very easy, nicely paved trail to a platform with a great overlook. While the trail itself may be less than a mile, there are so many off-shoots and places to climb and crawl over rocks to see different perspectives that you can make it as long of a hike as you’d like! Highly recommend this trail - especially if you have a group of people with different ability/experience.

1 month ago

Cute trail. Made for families and grandparents. Wear your flip flops.

3 months ago

Great gentle trail at less than a mile (out and back) with forrest cover the entire way. Wear your flip-flops or bring the grand parents as this paved path has no elevation gain to speak of. The viewing platform at the end opens up a spectacular vista over the valley across to the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. The day we were there featured a large gathering of hawks riding the thermals in front of us. Our kids (4 and 2 1/2) loved it, particularly the rock piles that dot the trail and are easy climbs for kids to scramble around. This is a great little trail if you are into views or have young kids you want to get enthused about being outdoors.

3 months ago

Great trail. Absolutely amazing view.

Take your camera, no hiking boots needed. Sandals preferred. Beautiful Views!

4 months ago

Very short walk, easy family hike with a great view.

5 months ago

love this trail

7 months ago

Short easy walk to a very beautiful overlook with lots of sandstone, limestone and shale and white pine trees. One of the most beautiful places we visited

Monday, November 06, 2017

Very leisurely walk that ends up on a great over look of the nearby mountains & forest

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nice short trail with good views.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Such a quick hike with gorgeous views

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Easy, short, and flat. But the view does pay off.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Wonderful views

nature trips
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wonderful trail to take my 3 year old toddler on. Most beautiful view I've seen in a long time

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great trail for toddlers. I took my four year old twin boys and we all loved it!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is an easy paved walk with little elevation change. There are some interesting rocks/boulders along the trail as you pass through a pretty canopy of trees. It's just a short distance until you reach the platform with a gorgeous view of the Shenandoah Valley. It is definitely worth the quick stop if you are in the area (between New Market and Luray).

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Awesome easy

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Awesome easy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easy and beautiful view!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

short very easy trail for kids. we took a side trail to the left of the main trail that was a lot better hike than just walking to the overlook by way of pavement. great view

Monday, October 31, 2016

A short walk for a breathtaking view.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Very short and easy, I don't know if it even counts as a "hike." The trail is paved and has little elevation change the entire way. The view is fantastic, but it is very populated, so expect to see other people. There are also some small unofficial trails if you have kids/teens that want to be more adventurous, but it's a fairly small area.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great hike for kids! Easy and with great views! We loved it!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

It's paved and easy.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Very easy paved trail to a beautiful overview of mountains. No wildlife seen while on trail this year. Last year we saw a black rat snake. Nothing too scary. Kids are both under 11 and love this trail for all the rocks they can climb and get pictures on located on sides of trail. Def recommend for families with children!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

So this trail itself is easy. Easy to find, easy to get to. Very nice view at the end. However, if you're looking for something a bit more fun, a little bit in is a trail heading off the paved path. We followed it all the way up the side of the mountain and found some awesome rock groupings to get some nice pictures and obvious signs that people had camped up there. It was beautiful. That trail was a bit more work heading uphill and around briers and roots. Went in February on a relatively warm day and it was so nice. Went back in April and the briers were a little too overgrown. But will definitely be back come winter.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Easy peaceful trail

Friday, July 10, 2015

It was a very short and easy trail. Paved the whole way, which made it very manageable for my two year old. The view at the end was impressive.

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