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Stony Man Trail, Shenandoah National Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDWR encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Description

Elevation: 3765 ft.

The trail to the Stony Man cliffs is an easy upward amble that leads the visitor to a magnificent view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. Stony Man is the second highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. This higher elevation introduces visitors to a different plant and animal community, which can be seen as you ascend to the peak. Next to the trail notice the change in conifers. Red spruce and balsam fir have replaced white pine and hemlock of the lower slopes, and mountain laurel rules the undergrowth. Birds to search for along the trail include common raven, red-eyed and blue-headed vireos, black-and-white and hooded warblers, scarlet tanager, eastern towhee and dark-eyed junco. Other wildlife that may appear along the hike includes white-tailed deer, which are incredibly tame but still should not be approached, and the occasional timber rattlesnake.

A map of this trail and surrounding area can be found on the provided website.

Directions

Skyline Drive Milepost: 41.5

From the Previous Site on the Skyline Drive Loop of the VBWT:

From the Fox Hollow Discovery Trail in Shenandoah National Park, continue south on Skyline Drive 37.7 miles to the entrance of Skyland Lodge and turn right. Parking for the trail will be on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Shenandoah National Park: (540) 999-3500
  • Website
  • Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission fee

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • American Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Common Raven
  • Dark-eyed Junco

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

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