Stony Man

Stony Man Trailhead is located in the Central District at mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive. Here you will find the beginning of the Stony Man Trail hike and the Passamaquoddy Loop hike.

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Downloadable maps with trail descriptions. PDF (1.27 MB)
Suggested Hikes
Before You Go
Did You Know

Stony Man Trailhead Map

Downloadable map with trail descriptions. PDF (1.27 MB)
*Best if printed in color.

Suggested Hikes

Hike #1: Stony Man Trail

Distance: 1.6-mile lariat
Difficulty: easiest
Duration: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 340-feet

Pets are not allowed on this trail. Take the blue- and white-blazed Stony Man Trail/Appalachian Trail (A.T.). At the trail post continue onto the blue-blazed Stony Man Trail to the viewpoint. To continue the loop, take the blue-blazed Stony Man Trail back to the junction with the A.T., and follow the A.T. back to the starting point. At the viewpoint, you'll overlook the Shenandoah Valley, the town of Luray, and the Massanutten and Allegheny Mountains beyond.

Hike #2: Passamaquoddy Loop

Distance: 3.5-mile circuit
Difficulty: moderate
Duration: 2½ hours
Elevation Gain: 770-feet

Walk to the other end of Stony Man parking. Look for the trail post;go straight on the yellow-blazed Furnace Spring Horse Trail. At the next trail post, go right onto the blue-blazed Passamaquoddy Trail. At the next trail post, go right onto the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) south to your starting point at Stony Man parking.
Peregrine Falcon perched on a branch.
Did You Know?

Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself
The Park's resource protection mission makes it a superb place to reintroduce wildlife. In 2000 Shenandoah first tried to bring endangered peregrine falcons—once permanent residents—back to this part of the Appalachians. Young birds were released from several spots, in hopes that some would return to the Park to live. So you might find this once-endangered bird of prey soaring over Stony Man!
Sweeping views from the rocky outcropping on Stony Man.
'Abounding in Pollock'
Passamaquoddy Trail meanders under Stony Man Cliffs, past alluring geology and, in winter, amazing drapery-like ice formations. George Pollock had the trail built in 1932 and so named it because, he said, 'passamaquoddy' is a Maine Indian word for 'abounding in pollock' (a kind of fish)—and more or less after himself, since it's not likely there were any fish on this streamless trail!
Before You Go
Emergency: 1-800-732-0911
(Cell phone service is unreliable)

  • Pets are not allowed on Stony Man Trail. Where allowed, pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be sure you are physically able to complete the hike you've chosen.
  • Take plenty of water—at least a quart per hour.
  • Be sure you know your route. Free maps are available at entrance stations, visitor centers, and
  • When you return from your hike, check for ticks.
  • Stay on the trail and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are and when to expect your return.

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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