9 Best Hiking Trails in Shenandoah National Park

    The parking area for this trail is just north of the Byrd Visitor Center. Despite being quite large, the parking lot can fill up quickly on weekends, particularly Saturdays. Fortunately, this is a short trail and people are always coming and going. Pets are not allowed.

    4 Stony Man Trail

    Stony Man Trail

    The second highest point in the park is Stony Man peak, and like Hawksbill Mountain, it offers a rewarding view from the summit. From the lookout, the view extends over the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Luray, and the Massanutten and Allegheny Mountains. This popular trail is quite easy and suitable for all levels of hikers. It is also frequently busy, but there is a large parking area. The trail rises gradually from the parking area at milepost 41.7 until it reaches the small, rock-covered lookout area. With the exception of the viewing area at the summit, the ground is level. The total distance of this lollipop-shaped hike is 1.6 miles, with 340 feet of elevation gain. Total time for this hike is about one hour. Pets are not allowed.

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