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Stony Man Mountin

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Highlights:

2nd highest Peak in SNP, easy access, spectacular views
Near:Luray, VA
Scenery:
Distance:3.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:800 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Loop



Summary:  This is one of the most scenic circuits in the Park. The trails are well maintained and marked and the grades are not difficult. The panoramic views from Stony Man and Little Stoney Man are outstanding. From 1845 to the turn of the century, a copper mine operated near the summit of Stony Man. Although Stony Man (4011ft.) is the second highest peak in the Park, the climb from the parking lot is only about 330ft. The Passamaquoddy Trail was laid out by George Freeman Pollock, founder of Skyland, in 1932. Dogs are not permitted on the Stony Man Nature Trail except with long-distance AT hikers.
Trailhead: Little Stony Man Parking Area, just south of MP 39 on west side of Skyline Drive. Parking area only accomodates a few cars. Additionally, you can park at Skyline - Stony Man parking area just south of MP 41 to begin hike. (Lat:38.6056 Lon:-78.366)
Trail Guides for Stony Man Mountin:
Circuit Hikes in Shenandoah National Park
by Potomac Appalachain Trail Club  (PATC)

Map 10
by Potomac Appalachain Trail Club (PATC)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted  56 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by MDS on 8/9/2009
SNP does NOT allow pets on any nature trails, including Stony Man Trail. Where A/T goes through, pets are OK. Other trails that prohibit pets include: Fox Hollow Trail (mile 4.6) Traces Trail (mile 22.2) Limberlost Trail (mile 43) Dark Hollow Falls Trail (mile 50.7) Story of the Forest Trail (mile 51) Bearfence Rock Scramble (mile 56.4) Frazier Discovery Trail (mile 79.5) Old Rag Ridge Trail Old Rag Saddle Trail

Reviewed by Susan on 5/11/2009
My friends and I hiked this a few weekends ago. It was a very pleasant walk through the woods (although it was pretty steep on the way up) with GREAT views at the top of Little Stony Man and Stony Man. Definitely go all the way to the top of Stony Man Summit. It took a few hours. We accessed the trail from the parking lot near MP 39. Some hikers we met on the trail said the Passamaquoddy Trail is nice too. We will go back and try that.

Reviewed by Jeff on 8/29/2008
Splendid hike. Trail was in excellent shape and with only 0.8 miles from the MP 41 parking lot to the view, it's a short hike. The grade is moderate in spots, but there are no switchbacks, because they simply aren't needed. If you're taking the full 3+ mile loop, it may be a different story. I think this hike is more rewarding than Hawksbill.

Reviewed by ZNS on 8/24/2005
This is a great hike for folk that have not hiked before--it is relatively easy and provides for the most fantastic views! The only draw back is that it takes a good 45 minutes to get there from the main entrance gate, so once one has made the effort and enjoyed the scenic drive to it the first time, one tends to be less ethusiastic about pursuing it in subsequent visits to the park.

Reviewed by Carol on 9/24/2003
I would not consider this an "easy" hike--rather a moderate one. Highly recommend taking a walking stick as the trail is very rocky, but well worth the effort. Scenery at the top is beautiful!


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