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Stony Man & Little Stony Man

A short hike with epic views atop the northernmost 4,000' peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hiking Difficult

6.4 km
310 m
310 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
983 m
High Point
1.2 km
Stony Man & Little Stony Man Map

Stony Man and Little Stony Man offer some of the best views anywhere in Shenandoah National Park. As the "most northerly 4,000-foot peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains source," the exposed rock outcroppings give way to sweeping views of the surrounding Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. Hawksbill Mountain is the only other peak above 4,000' within the park.


In addition to the stunning views, this hike includes a small mixture of "red spruce and balsam fir trees which typically grow in the more northerly latitudes." Known as a Southern-Appalachian spruce-fir forest, you will find similar ecosystems throughout the highest peaks in North Carolina - especially in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You have two options for parking. This route is mapped from the Little Stony Many Parking Area on Skyline Drive. It's a more challenging climb to the summit - but well-worth the effort.

Alternatively, there is a parking area at the entrance into Skyland. Out-and-back hikes from this trailhead are quite popular since the route "gains less than 400 vertical feet in about 1 kilometer," according to Wikipedia. If you start there, consider looping the Stony Man Trail and Appalachian Trail for a shorter sub-2 mile loop.

Pets are not allowed on Stony Man Trail.

Sources: https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/StonyMan/ https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikestonyman.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StonyManMountain



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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