Landscapes,  National Parks,  Nature

Hiking and Photographing the Stony Man Trail in Shenandoah National Park

The Stony Man Trail in Shenandoah National Park is a relatively easy 1.4 mile hike.  But is the hike worth it for photographers?

Overlook at Stony Man Trail, Shenandoah National Park

The Stony Man Trailhead is located at mile marker 41.7 on Skyline Drive, close to the Skyland Resort.

First off, the landscape along the trail is not that spectacular until you get to the summit.  At the summit, there are several large rocks that provide a terrific panoramic view of the park and surrounding countryside. Stony Man Summit provides some of the best views in the park. Be careful as there is no path across the rocks and it can get quite windy at the summit.

Second, bring a macro lens.  There are plenty of macro subjects including ferns, wildflowers, interesting tree park, and fungi.

White-tailed Deer on Stony Man Trail

White-tailed Deer on Stony Man Trail

Third, the deer near the summit were completely unafraid of humans.  This was the first time that I took photos of deer using a landscape lens.  The deer just kept on grazing as we snapped their photos.

So overall the Stony Man Trail is an enjoyable hike with plenty of photographic subjects to keep me interested.

Written by Martin Belan

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