Stony Man Mountain Hike
Stony Man Mountain Hike
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Dawn C
Boynton Beach, FL11 contributions
We had to be picky with our hikes since we only had 1 day to hike. I am glad that we chose Stony Man (not little Stony Man, which is a different trail). It was an easier hike, only about 1.5 miles round trip. It was worth going to the top to see the absolutely beautiful views.
Written 5 July 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,441 contributions
We enjoyed this hike on multiple occasions always admiring the views and the seasonal nature changes. The trail is not technically difficult . There are various options regarding starting points and it is good to look at the map first.
Written 2 July 2022
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA697 contributions
This is an easy hike for some great westward facing views. We visited in April and were surprised to find ourselves in a snow shower for our sunset hike!
Written 22 June 2022
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Jon M
83 contributions
Couples
This trail is ~1.5 miles round trip and gains ~450 feet of elevation. The hike is very easy and the trail itself is quite smooth. Once you make it to the summit of Stony Man Mountain (Shenandoah’s second highest peak), there are great photo opportunities and potential to see falcons flying overhead.
Written 9 May 2022
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Familytraveller31
Los Angeles, CA160 contributions
Great hiking in Shenandoah, and this one is a must. Beautiful, not too strenuous, suitable for children.
Written 9 May 2022
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Freya123456
Gloucester, VA40 contributions
Couples
This is one of the easiest yet rewarding hikes off of Skyline Drive. There are multiple trails and all of the endings have a great payoff.
Written 4 January 2022
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,000 contributions
So this peak can apparently be reached via a few different trails (I think...). We originally were considering starting from a trailhead along Skyline Drive but (after miraculously scoring one of a very limited # of parking spots) had to abandon that... Instead, a bit later in the day, we started the ascent from a different trailhead not far from Skyland (on its approach road).

You basically leave from the parking lot and hike about 0.2 miles to an intersection with the Appalachian Trail. From there, you ascend a single trail towards the summit, which diverges to form a loop closer to the top. It isn't super steep either way. We made it to the summit and enjoyed the views. It appeared that you could descend slightly on a different trail and have good views from another spot about 25 feet below the crest. We did not do that, though.

We hiked back down the other branch of the loop. We had to hurry due to our need to get in line for the Skyland dining room when it opened at 5 p.m.

This is a worthwhile hike if you have time. You can probably ask the rangers / info desk at Skyland for better guidance on the merits of the various trails that lead up to the summit.
Written 13 November 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
We did this 1.5 mile (roundtrip) hike on Tuesday, October 12. Got to the viewpoint and there was too much fog to see anything. The next day, we did Little Stony Man which was 1.2 miles (roundtrip) with 337 feet elevation gain - took us 40 minutes to complete. Weather cooperated and we had amazing views. There are way less people at Little Stony Man. It was my favorite hike in Shenandoah National Park.

If you have time, do both hikes. They are both easy. If you can only do one, I'd recommend Little Stony Man.
Written 3 November 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,046 contributions
One of the hikes that gives you a view of the mountains and valleys, and not a difficult hike no matter whether you park in Little Stony Man parking or Stony Man parking (the latter is a shorter hike to the viewpoint). The sign at the trailhead near Little Stony Man parking and park literature don't agree on whether it is four miles or 2.6 miles to the rock formation. I did not have my fitness watch on so I can't say, but it did not feel like or time like four miles. There is a slope to the climb, naturally since you are ascending to a viewpoint, but it is not severe and can be readily accomodated. There are numerous hikes in the park that emphasize the view. While it is worthwhile, there is no need (other than fitness or checking off a list) to attain every outcropping with a viewpoint. Decide how much time you have, what part of the park you will be in, and ask a ranger where the viewpoint(s) are in the area.
Written 2 November 2021
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mohamed g
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Written 30 October 2021
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