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“great views, short hike”

Stony Man Mountain Hike
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Luray
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Wonderful views of the valley from the top. A short hike with about 400 foot climb but not steep anywhere from the Skyland parking area (approaching from the south side).

Can imagine it would be cowded in the warmer weather months, but in mid-Feb on a windy Sunday we only saw 2 other groups of people hiking and were alone on the summit (with a ton of wind - be care on the rocks up there if it's windy.) Signs say no pets which i would guess in season would be a useful rule with crowds.

There a spot a little down from the summit that is sheltered if you're looking for a spot for lunch out of the wind at the top. There are 2 approaches - the main one from the south and the skyland parking area (facilities were closed for winter, but section of the parking area was open). We had planned to do the northern approach with a trail head off the skyline drive about 1-2 miles further north, but with the snow decided the southern approach would be more clear - looked like this was a wise decision in February. Northern approach might be less crowded in warm weather if you can get place to park at the trail head.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is our favorite hike on the Skyline Drive. We return season after season. We've watch the hawks soar, learned about early copper mining in the area and just enjoyed the hike getting there and watching the trains in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

This hike is around 3 miles if that much. Even if you're a couch potato you can do this hike. Get up and see the best view from the highest point of the park. The views are breathtaking and you won't regret it.

3  Thank EconAggie
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a fairly short hike with mild vertical elevation. The view from Stony Man is outstanding. You also cross the Appalachian Trail on your way so you can say you hiked part of the AT! All this is in Shenandoah Valley Park and it costs $15 to get on the skyline drive. The pass is good for a week and is well worth it.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Great hike. Enjoyed the views. I think that my young kids made it to the top. Don't miss the turn coming down or you will have to hike a mile or so up the road.

1  Thank Rebecca B
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