Can you see a man's stony face in the rock outcrop on the high peak directly to your left? Someone thought they could, thus the peak's name, Stony Man. Stony Man is Shenandoah National Park's second highest peak at 4,011 feet.
To enjoy views from Stony Man's forehead, you can hick the Stony Man Nature Trail which begins 3.1 miles south of here at the Nature Trail Parking Area at Skyland's north entrance.
Stony Man's Cold Past
Stony Man reminds us of cold times. Ten thousand years ago when glaciers covered much of North America, this area was much colder. Cold climate plants covered the land. Then temperatures began to rise. Glaciers retreated northward and other plants, adapted to a warmer climate, took over. But in the coolness on top of Stony Man a few cold weather plants survived. Native red spruce and balsam fir persist there today, reminding us of Stony Man's cold past.