Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hiking the Stoney Man Trail - Ranger Led

View From Stony Man Mountain - Hiking- skyline Drive, VA
View From Stony Man Mountain
In the morning we went for the Ranger led Stony Man Hike.  The Stony Man Trail Head is located very close to Skyland Resort in the Stony Man parking lot.  There were about 10-12 of us and all different ages on the hike and everyone was friendly.

Stony Man Mountain - Hiking- skyline Drive, VA
Beginning of the Hike
The Stony Man Trail is 1.4 miles long and took us a little over 2 hours.  The trail was easy, but rugged in some parts (watch your footing).  The Ranger was very informative and explained to us about the trees and wildlife as we hiked.  She was very patient and answered ALL of Nadia’s questions.  When we got up to the top of the mountain, we were able to relax and enjoy the view.  It was a very impressive view.

Ranger led hike Stony Man Mountain - Hiking- skyline Drive, VA

After we were done admiring the view, Nadia and I walked back down with the Ranger.  We did not see any bears on the trail, but the Ranger did show us a log that was clawed by a bear searching for food!  Nadia and I both enjoyed this hike and even though Stony Man Trail is self-guided, we were glad that we went with the Ranger because we learned and observed so much more than we would have on our own.

Ranger led hike Stony Man Mountain - Hiking- skyline Drive, VA

 Facts About The Stony Man Trail:
  • After Hawksbill, Stony Man is Shenandoah National Park’s Highest Mountain at 4010 Ft.
  • You get to walk on part of the AppalachianTrail before you get on the Stony Man Trail
  • Stony Man serves as one of the release sites of Peregrine Falcon reintroduction program
  • Why is this Mountain called Stony Man? When you look at it from one of the overlooks, it looks like a man’s face – (We were standing on the forehead at the summit)
Ranger led hike Stony Man Mountain - Hiking- skyline Drive, VA

After we were done with the hike, we continued driving the Skyline Drive to the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center where Nadia was sworn in and earned her Junior Ranger Badge.  Yayyy :) BUT! Before we got there, guess what we saw??? A couple of bears!  A momma bear ran across the road in front of our car and jumped over the wall.  We stopped to look and she looked at us and then all of a sudden her little bear cub came sliding down the tree!  It was the cutest thing and happened so fast, I could not get a photo to share.  That was a true highlight of our trip. That concluded our stay on the Skyline Drive.

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