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Fun, short hike. Easy enough for a five and six year old. Very crowded on weekends. Excellent view!

Nice short hike. I had a few rain free hours to do this hike. It was creepy walking up in the fog and clouds but also awesome! lol I got the top and was alone but could not see the beautiful view because I was surrounded by clouds, I couldn't see more than 10 feet in front of me (I figured this would be the case when I started the hike). I couldn't even see the drop-off from the rock cliff, this was also creepy and awesome. I was not disappointed by not getting the view that everyone describes, I think my experience at the top was unique and interesting. Pic posted of my overlook.

Great views for such a short and easy hike! Hiked on a beautiful, sunny, autumn morning. Will definitely do again.

We started day one of our HIKE socked in with fog then it started to rain. - We made it to the highest point in the Shenandoah National Park. - Just a short side trail off of the Appalachian Trail was the Stony Man Summit we were at a elevation of 4,036 Feet. - It's the highest point in Shenandoah along Skyline Drive. - On our way back down off the mountain we couldn't see 5 feet in front of us. This is great side trail off the AT and is only a 322 feet climb in 8 tenths of a miles. We will need to do this side trail again just to see the views in that location.

Good trail, definitely on the easier side of life. Overlook is gorgeous but a small area so prepare for it to be cramped with other visitors. Four year old handled the trail with ease.

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.

Amazing views at the summit!!

hiking
26 days ago

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

Took my 6 year old and my 4 year old and they had a good time. The right distance and a great view at the top.

hiking
28 days ago

I loved this trail!! My friend and I did this trail and it took us 5 hours.

Loring S.’s link to the east coast website really helped. We followed it and we got to see amazing views.

Note: there are a very few pink markers so pay extra attention when you get to this area.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Good hike for those who like to go up and down the rock scrambles. Word of advice though, make sure you head up with enough time to come down while it's still daylight. The purple trail markers, while easy enough to see going up, are very easy to miss going back down, especially if it gets dark. Two of us thought we had enough time to get down before dark, but the climb up took a bit longer than expected and we ended up taking multiple wrong turns coming down the rock scramble. Only the GPS map tracking through this app helped up find the path every time we got off it, but we were definitely creating our own paths at times and trying to do this in the dark was not a good time.
Overall, the views were good and the rock scramble fun on the way up, but not something I have a need or desire to go back to.

Went on a one night overnight to Duncan Knob with my dog and had an overall good time. The trail was incredibly swampy on the yellow part of the trail going up and, without waterproof shoes, you are guaranteed to get your feet wet. Also, am glad I brought bug spray because the bugs were relentless on that part of the trail. Note that there are no good water sources on this part of the trail before Duncan Knob so plan accordingly. Once we got to Duncan Knob it was great to camp out and we had the sites to ourselves.

On the way back around the other side of the loop, the trail was much less swampy and buggy (although still muddy) and we got to see a black bear running away from us into the forest. I did find later when returning home that hundreds of tick larva had found their way onto my ankles so make sure to check yourself for ticks and wear pants as a precaution. This part of the trail was much better and had a good source of water.

If I were to do this trip again I’d take an out and back path past middle mountain up to Duncan Knob and back the same way (counter clockwise up, clockwise back) to avoid the swampy part of the trail, even thought it was much steeper.

Gorgeous views at the end with birds circling the peak. Easy, but rocky, trail. Take your camera on this one.

Amazing views! So high it just takes your breath away. A lot of uphill but for my seasoned hikers, ages 5 and 9, we had no issues and the views were worth it. Buy the Stony Man brochure at the beginning of the trail (which is in the Skyland resort area) to get more history and perspective on the trail.

This was a fun, easy hike! Beautiful views. We went in October and the colors were amazing!

Nice, easy trail. I got to see my first (up close) bear on this trail! It’s a great one to take kids on for a sensory hike. There aren’t any “views” (other than Mother Nature herself), but it’s still a nice one to do if you have some extra time at Shenandoah or if you just want to take it easy for a couple hours.

Definitely filler. No views.

hiking
2 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.

Amazing vista at the summit!

This was a wonderful family hike. Our 4 year old daughter was able to climb, explore, and keep up at a good pace. We reached the overlook at the beginning of sunset and the view was phenomenal! It was a wonderful and tranquil experience overall. We saw several families on the hike with children of all ages.

tried the trail today. trail head coordinates were a bit off by maybe a hundred yards. There's another trail that was at the coordinates. once we figured out where we were going it was fine. old fire road makes the trail until the vertical increases. once we got to that point the weeds were too thick to walk through. unfortunately had to turn around. wished we could have finished

Great family hike. We have done this a couple of times with two young daughters in backpacks and when they were a little older our three year old walking most of the way. Gentle incline. Bring a picnic lunch. The top has great views from the rocky pile.

Sensational views and a family-friendly hike! Keep your eyes peeled for bears.

Great trail. Absolutely amazing view.

it was amazing visit. we have visited Carlsbad cavern in the past and it was amazing in size of space but here, you will get to see amazing big and beautiful formation. elevation changes was not really noticeable, not cold and easy walking. it is not wheelchair accessible. it's pricey but worth of visit!!

This is a nice day hike, and I recommend packing in a lunch and just hang out at the top of Kennedy’s peak, because there is a nice shelter with a widows watch on top of the shelter, and shade within the shelters. There is even a small fire pit. Good overnight spot.
The trail head - follow curve of the road to the apex of the curve, you’ll see a break in the trees. Follow the orange blazes to the Kennedy trail head. The trail is a nice mellow hike, with a gradual climb for about the first 1.5 miles. Some rocks, a nice stroll. The last third of the trail is a different story. Very rocky and you gain elevation quickly. Be careful and watch for a switch back noted by a double orange blaze, telling you the trail changes direction. Go left and up the hill....very important. Follow the blazes to the Kennedy trail, where the orange blazes change to white. Turn right and follow the white blazes. The trail ends at the shelter. Again, you will gain elevation quickly. It’s well worth the view at the top.
The view- beautiful at the parking lot and the top of Kennedy peak. Not many awe inspiring vistas during your hike, maybe ⭐️⭐️ during, but ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ at the peak. You can see all 7 bends of the Shenandoah River. Just beautiful!
No bear scat, and didn’t see any wildlife, but there were 11 hikers we passed, horse nuggets, and mountain bike footprints.
If you have weak ankles, I recommend boots. It is very rocky the last 1/3 of a mile, and would be slick on a rainy day.

2 months ago

Hike through dense woods to open up to a vast view point at the top. Short and easy for some amazing views

Easy with kids

Short but sweet. The stony man summit is really beautiful. The view is just mesmerizing. Easy enough to hike with children. I highly recommend it.

Very pleasant hike, easy walking without too much elevation change. The view is spectacular however it was quite humid the day we were there so visibility wasn’t the greatest.

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