Stony Man Trail at Shenandoah National Park

If you find yourself in Shenandoah National Park for a day (or more), and I highly encourage you to visit Shenandoah, you must check out Stony Man Trail. It was one of my favorite hikes within the park, and it has the most rewarding view at the end.

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Stony Man Trail is a short 1.5 mile in-and-out trail through some beautiful greenery. The trail, while going uphill slightly on the way in, has a gradual incline, so you never feel too winded from the walk, itself. It showcases the beautiful foliage that the area has to offer. The trail, since it’s through the woods, offers great shade during the warm winter months with small bits of sun popping through occasionally.

 
 
 
 
 
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This year, when we walked up Stony Man, we were ready for our grand adventure in our adidas sets. Michael wore the Club Tennis Polo Shirt with Tiro 24 Training Pants, and I wore the Primegreen Essentials Warm-Up Stripes Track Set, and they were perfect for the warm summer day, as the fabric helped to keep us cool. And the Club Tennis Polo Shirt never stuck to Michael no matter how wet he got. It was the perfect attire for a strenuous hike (though this hike was surely not too strenuous). We love our adidas, as all the pieces we’ve worn are breathable, light, and easy to move in.

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We saw two black bears walking through the woods on our path. We kept our distance as they moseyed across the trail and into the woods as we watched them pass. Then, as we kept going up the trail, we saw that it crossed perpendicularly with the Appalachian Trail, which was a pretty cool sight to see. We walked across the Appalachian Trail as we continued up our move to the highest point. The incline started to get more gradual as we made it up through the trees to reveal what was surely one of the most breathtaking mountain views I’ve ever seen. You get an incredibly impressive view of the Shenandoah Valley spread out before your eyes.

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You can easily see how this trail got its name. But if you need to hear it anyway, it’s called “Stony Man Trail” because of the rocky stones that lay at the top of the trail. They offer the perfect setting to sit on a nice secure rock and watch the sun set across the valley before you. It is truly a majestic natural wonder to behold.

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The trail, as mentioned, is 1.5 miles long, rises 321 feet in elevation as you walk up it, and takes about 46 minutes to walk in its entirety, though I would allow yourself much more time to stop and admire the view at the end of the trail. It’s also important to note that it is a part of Shenandoah National Park, which does charge an entry fee for the day. You can park at the Stony Man Parking Area just off of Skyline drive.

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All in all, I can’t recommend this trail or a visit to Shenandoah National Park enough. For perfect panoramic views, Stony Man Trail is the hike for you!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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