Explore the most popular birding trails near Luray with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
2 days ago

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

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

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

rock climbing
5 days 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.

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.

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.

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.

we visited with old aged parents. was a bit nervous but it was easy. There were many chairs on the way for people to relax. This is as easy as it can be.

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.

very easy trail. nice filler. good for beginners. has an offshoot to other trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy walking trail. It is flat with a gravel path and benches. We saw deer out here and we were able to get some great photos. You can connect to the Cresent Rock Trail from here. Cresent Rock is a 1.1 mike uphill climb which will take you to Skyline Drive. Cross the road to reach the Cresent Rock Overlook parking area and see the view.

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.

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

2 months ago

fantastic view when you get to the summit

Did this trail about a week ago during the rain. Definitely some of the best views in the area. Went by myself ignoring the reviews where people said not to go alone, and I’m going to have to reinstate the danger to the people who think just like me. Once you get to the top it’s a likely place for someone to twist an ankle, and as others have said, it is a lightly trafficked. As long as you keep it safe you will have a great time when I got to the top I saw 2 giant Turkey Buzzards blocking my path and scared me half to death, I started making noises to scare them away, because I didn’t know if they were dangerous or not. However after doing my research I found, turkey Vultures in North America are not harmful and only tend to eat dead animals haha. But let me tell you those things are freaky looking. Anyways, safe travels everybody!

Piece of cake with great view and plenty of fauna

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

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

Easy hike with an excellent view. Saw two bears.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked today. I actually missed it first time - kept going on orange blazed trail, and had to come back. Loring S. review down there is the most useful as far as direction goes. Except - there is no pile of rocks any longer indicating where you turn right on purple trail. Anyway, start with yellow blazers trail, then follow trail with orange blazes. If you keep follow orange blazed trail and it descending to overgrown trail down - you have missed the right turn to purple blazed trail to Strickler Knob. Come back. Purple trail is not that hard, just take it slow, find your footing, look for purple blazers on stones (I wish they repainted, and put more of those).

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