Little Stony Man Trail
It’s fall in Virginia, my favorite time of year. People are slowly emerging from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes. The days are cooler and nature is about to put on a show. Less than two hours away from Fredericksburg, VA is Shenandoah National Park. As part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it boasts trails for all levels as well as spectacular views. If you’re looking for an easy hike, Little Stony Man Trail is a great start. From beginning to end, we walked exactly 4 miles but the loop itself is about 3.7 miles. It’s a relatively short hike and I was pleasantly surprised at the stunning views that we encountered.
Perfect for all level hikers
We brought our dog Nala on our hike. It’s important to note that while dogs are allowed on the park, they are restricted from some of the trails and they must be on a leash. We could hike Little Stony Man with her but not to the Stony Man summit. Little Stony Man trail is great for the whole family, our 8-year old had no issues completing the loop. We were there on a beautiful clear day and views from the overlooks are nothing less than stunning. While it is only a couple of hours away from Washington, DC, it feels like it’s a world away from the pressures of city life. The trails are well established with clear markers so don’t be afraid of getting lost (at least not with this particular trail). We encountered people quietly eating lunch while enjoying the majestic view from an overlook to climbers scaling down one of the cliffs.