Old Man in the Mountain Historical

Old Man in the Mountain Historical (HM1TAY)

Location: Luray, VA 22835 Page County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 36.722', W 78° 21.762'

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Shenandoah National Park

Stony Man, the old man in the mountain, is a Shenandoah National Park icon. It only takes a little imagination to see the profile of a man's face in the mountain from here. Stony Man has lent his name to a summit, an overlook, a hike, a camp resort, a community in the Shenandoah Valley, and a country road down there, too.Stony Man is a favorite of Park visitors now, as he was in the pre-Park days of the early 20th century. The views of Stony Man you see looking up towards his face and down from his rocky brow have charmed visitors for more than 100 years.Stony Man's façade is greenstone, a metamorphosed ancient volcanic rock. Even though we think of rock as never changing, it does change - it weathers, erodes, and breaks down. A rapid event like an earthquake or a landslide could alter the shape of Stony Man's face or make his nose fall off in an instant! No matter the shape of his face, the view from the top is worth the effort it takes to get there. < Sidebar: >A Timeless ViewGeorge Freeman Pollock, the creator of the pre-Park Stony Man Camp (which later became Skyland Resort), led hikes and horseback rides to Stony Man's summit - the old man's forehead - for more than 35 years. You can hike to Stony Man's forehead, too. From Stony Man parking at mile 41.7 on Skyline
Drive, it's a nice, not-too-difficult climb to the second-highest peak in Shenandoah and one of the prettiest views in the East.
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HM NumberHM1TAY
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 729628 N 4277024
Decimal Degrees38.61203333, -78.36270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 36.722', W 78° 21.762'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 36' 43.32" N, 78° 21' 45.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Stony Man Mountain Overlook, Luray VA 22835, US
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