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Easy trail out and back. Wooden bridge, paved trail, and metal landing make this trail an ideal option for the elderly, kids, and individuals who require handicap accessible trails. Gorgeous view of Luray and parts of the valley. There are plenty of side trails and climbs off of the main trail. Also, plenty of spots to sit and rest if needed.

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rocky
4 days ago

We did this hike today - did not quite get to the Knob as we heard thunder (our timing was impeccable). We were confused about previous posts about trail marking. The initial trail from Crisman Hollow Road has been recently marked with yellow blazes. After 1.5 miles you come to a 4-way junction. Follow the orange blazed toward Gap Creek Trail. As you top a rise shortly after 2 miles the purple blazed trail leads off slightly right. There is a large cairn there as well as a painted purple blaze. At this point the purple blazes are primarily on rocks - some are faded. It was an OK hike but between haze and having to scurry back down, we did not feel it was worth more effort. On the plus side, we saw not one other person.

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scramble
7 days ago

What a hike! This was our longest hiking adventure to date - we started at the Limberlost trailhead, hiking down Old Rag Fire Road to complete the full Old Rag loop in the counter-clockwise direction for a total of ~14.6 miles. The hike, including numerous breaks for rest, snacking, and taking in the sights, took a total of 10 hours. We completed the hike on a Friday (5/17/19) and often found ourselves alone to enjoy the natural beauty. We did even have a bear cub run out in front of us on the trail! After slowing things down to make sure Mom wasn’t near we kept moving with no issues. The summit views on both Old Rag and Robertson Mountain were worth the mileage, offering truly panoramic views of the park. The rock scramble (completed after the summit of Old Rag) was a new experiment for my wife and I - a very fun and new challenge. Definitely be prepared to exert some more upper body than on a typical hike. The descent down Old Rag immediately followed by the ascent of Robertson was the most difficult portion, we slowed down the pace here. Having hiking poles to take some of the pressure off the legs on these portions is highly recommended. The stretches of hiking between the summits did become repetitive at times and several were primarily gravel (the only reason for 4 vs. 5 stars). However, all of the trails were well maintained! A great way to experience Shenandoah!

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bugs
8 days ago

Amazing view! A steel balcony to view mountains from. Nice place to have lunch with steel benches.

Trail head is very close to lodge, big parking lot! Beautiful, easy trail with great views. Extremely busy on at the top!

This hike was rocky but worth it once at the top. This trail is actually 5.89 miles to the outlook and back. Glad we went early.

Great summit view

hiking
13 days ago

Nice easy trail with great views.

Took the trail yesterday with my wife. Hiked to Little Stony Man and then up to Stony Man. Wow!! A terrific hike for almost anyone. Met some rock climbers at Little Stony Man and people from all ages and sizes up at the top. Fantastic views. Lots of birds and wildflowers. A not to be missed adventure for all!

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing views for an easy trail. Lots of small trails off of the main one, if you wish to explore a little bit. A few other views available to the left and right of the main overlook

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rocky
scramble
28 days ago

Pretty serious uphill climb early on over a rough fire road. The last segment along the ridge of the mountain is absolutely spectacular. Several amazing areas where someone has camped.

Beautiful hike to Kennedy Pk! It’s a rocky climb but very doable by both people and dogs.

scramble
1 month ago

Driving from Houston to Maryland and just had to get out of the truck and stretch my legs. Found this trail from the rest stop and just had to tackle it. Wow what a view. First two miles is jeep trail and pretty boring, except it's a consistent climb. Most the elevation change is in the first two miles. The last mile-ish is where the real fun begins and you start with some easy rock scrambles (flat, not really climbing) and right at the end you get a few rock ledges to "climb" up on. Only the last 500' or so present any real challenge. I would say this is one of the easier HARD trails you'll find. The views at the end are amazing. There is a buzzard nest in the rocks at the end, don't let them scare ya too much. Take some pics and head back to base! Trail is well marked but would be tough in dark for last mile of the ascent.

A very nice little hike for families with kids. Well traveled. Some folks had dogs, contrary to regulations, but fortunately not too many dogs on the trail. Parking area has about 50 spaces, with 15 or so long enough for a large pickup or van. No space for a trailer/camper, though. Good views of the valley from the top of the loop!

Always a favorite at Shenandoah National park. It is a very easy trail to a beautiful rocky outlook with a few viewpoints. Easy grade. There is a great educational pamphlet you can get for $1 at the base of the hike, it has numbered spots and a bit of trail history and education. This hike is right at skyland’s entrance and is walkable from the cabins and to the restaurant. This hike is lovely all times of the year. Keep an eye on little ones near the rocky outcroppings.

All paved, it was a beautiful way to see Luray. highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice stroll, very accessible

Good family hike with some views along the way in early spring. Difficult last 1/4 mile but tremendous view from Kennedy Peak.

Fine trail. Not a lot of views, but there are some. Clockwise will be a fun mountain bike ride when dries out. In spring (April) when I did it there was a lot of spring streams which was nice for the dog. Definitely wear good waterproof hikers in spring but hear it dries out in summer. Two large streams for water along the way at trailhead and 1/2 way. Was nice to rinse the dog before ride home. Several campsites along access road if traveling a ways. Cheers

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

It earned its level of difficulty and not for the beginner hiker. I would not consider this a bushwack. The trail is rocky and has some scrambled and rock climbing. Focus in on your inner gazelle. Some of the purple blazes have been repainted. Others are plastic pieces or cup lids nailed to a tree. I completed this as a solo hike. Don't let other reviews scare you from completing this trail. Just know your abilities before proceeding. The views at the end are phenomenal! I will hike again but enter from the Massanutten Trail. From Scothhorn Gap it's basically a fire road.

1 month ago

Good tour through the Luray caverns!

1 month ago

Great visit, caverns were really neat as were the rest of the attractions at Luray station.

Got the the park late because of traffic twice from NC and they had already closed. Hiked 2.5 miles down to the river and setup my tarp/hammock. Stormed all night but I loved it, didn't get wet at all. Bright green moss everywhere, steep downhill, river /stream with nice flow, nicely marked trails. 2 other camping parties, one small group tent camping and one in Corbin cabin but otherwise didn't see anyone. Nice wildlife, saw a hawk, white trailed deer, and even a black & white spotted salamander.

great trail! short easy hike to the stony man view point. i took my 8 yr old son and 6 yr old niece, and we hiked to the viewpoint with no problem. beyond the viewpoint, the trail gets pretty narrow in some spots as well as pretty rocky. the kids enjoyed climbing the natural rock walls. we ended up turning around when the trail became to rocky and narrow for them to navigate. if i'd been by myself or with other adults, i wouldn't have felt the need to turn around. will definitely be returning!

My husband & I went up to take a break from the grind and enjoyed it so much we drove back from PA the next day with the kids to have ourselves a sky picnic and a little nap... Couldn't ask for a better experience but bring layers for the wind

So amazing, decided to do it twice... sorta.

Completed 04/03/19 - My 29th Birthday! . This trail was by far the hardest trail I’ve ever done personally, but with that being said; it was by far the best experience I’ve had while hiking to a summit! If you decide to take the counter clockwise route and head strait to the bolder scramble, the trail is a bit strenuous and you will likely exert a good bit of energy here, so take a slower pace. Beware for those who have little legs or less upper body strength, the rock scramble will be more difficult and you will likely need assistance if you have never done this type of thing; its requires some had over hand climbing on slippery rock faces. I’m a 5”3, 130lbs, I had to have my boyfriend give me a hand up more then a few times! Overall it was really fun and I will be doing it again in the future, see ya there! :P

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muddy
2 months ago

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