is a short and pleasant hike, and has
some of the best vistas in the Shenandoah National Park. Little Stony Man, just below the main peak, has a popular rock wall with local climbers. Make
sure to pick a haze free day, because you don't want
to miss all the views along the the ridge!
Start the hike on the left of the parking area at the trail junction. Turn right on the on the yellow blazed Stony Man Trail for 0.5 miles to the intersection of the Horse Trail.
Turn left uphill on the Horse Trail for 0.5 miles and come to the first of the
Shenandoah Valley overlooks. Continue up the trail for another 50
yards to the junction of the the
blue blazed trail, and horse rail. Turn left, and in 80 yards arrive at the main Stony Man Mountain overlook.
Return back, passing the trail you turned off in 80 yards, where the blue blazed trail splits. Stay left, and in 0.4 miles the trails rejoin. Continue downhill for another 0.1 miles to the the four way intersection of the white blazed Appalachian Trail.
Turn left on the white blazed trail for
0.7 miles to the Little Stony Man overlook. As you continue
downward make several switchbacks before reaching the left turn for the blue blazed Passamaquoddy Trail. The Passamaquoddy Trail turnoff is easy to miss. Look for a concrete post marker and a double white blazed tree marking the junction.
The Passamaquoddy Trail will pass a lower vista at the base of the Little Stony Man Mountain cliff face. Continue around the mountain for 1.0 miles to the junction
of Furnace Spring Road. Turn left uphill for 20 yards, then make a sharp turn to the left again onto the yellow blazed trail. Follow the yellow blazed trail as it winds uphill, arriving back at the Stony Man Mountain parking area in 0.5 miles.
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Reviews For The Stony Man Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
Great, short hike with amazing views. The trail going up to the Stony Man lookout was crowded, even on a weekday. No dogs allowed on this section, so we skipped it and continued on the white blazed trail. The views on the white blazed trail just before and at Little Stony Man were so beautiful and probably just as good as from Stony Man. Best of all, we met only two other hikers after getting onto the white blazed trail (a wonderful couple celebrating 57 years of marriage!). A note that we started this hike from the right side of the parking lot on the blue/white dotted trail and dogs are not allowed on this section (oops...). So be sure to start on the yellow blazed if you're with your dog.
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 09, 2013
People on top of people here today. I hiked this hike just prior to doing South River Falls. The hike is easy, and the views are tremendous at the top, if you can see them for the people.When I got to the overlook there were 50 people at least thee, and a line waiting to get the view. Solitude was more like a -5 today. I imagine it must be great on a slower day.
Mark of the Hill People
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 28, 2013
We hit the trail around 11 AM on a cool, overcast Saturday and there was plenty of parking available. The beginning trek to Stony Man was the most crowded. After we got onto the AT we only saw a couple backpackers.
Little Stony Man had more people, but since it is a bigger area, it seemed less crowded than Stony Man. The cliffs below Little Stony Man are a good place to stop for a lunch break, with a great view!
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 04, 2013
We packed up our campsite at Big Meadows and headed out on a gorgeous late Sunday morning. We expected this trail to be packed and to our great suprise, it wasn't. We passed just 4-5 other groups in 3 hours and we were alone on all but one of the many prime viewing areas. Another bonus was our close-up sighting of a small bear crossing the switchback trails just before the turnoff to the Passamaquoddy Trail. My only critique is the 1-star difficulty rating. While most of the trail is quite easy, there are several narrow, rocky, and fairly damp/slippery sections, esp. on the Passamaquoddy section as another reviewer mentioned, that require the hiker's attention and I would not recommend it for the very young or very old. In my opinion, 2-stars would be more appropriate. Other than that minor detail, this was one our favorite hikes in SNP.
Date of Hike: Friday, March 15, 2013
Overall, very nice hike. As other reviewers have said it is quite quick with beautiful views, we finished the loop in about 2.25 hours. I will caution, currently the entire trail is packed snow, which makes for a great calf workout on the uphill portions and a bit of a slide on the way down. Hi-top hiking boots and/or trekking poles would have proved useful. Sections of the Passamaquoddy Trail are especially treacherous the snow is so deep in some places that each step left 6-18 inch indents in the snow for about a half mile. We also saw what looked like very fresh bear tracks and droppings. The Passamaquoddy Trail did offer awesome icicle waterfalls from the snow runoff freezing over the rocks. Great hike on a spring-like winter day.