Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
Erected by Shenandoah National Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 38° 36.719′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Man in the Mountain (here, next to this marker); Visiblity-Endangered? (a few steps from this marker); Appalachian Trail High Point (approx. one mile away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.3 miles away); If These Walls Could Talk (approx. 1.6 miles away); Shenandoah's Centerpiece (approx. 1.7 miles away); Construction of the Skyline Drive (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Rag (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
More about this marker. In the upper center is a photo of the profile of Stony Man, directly to your left. Can you see a face? On the right is a photo showing Red spruce and balsam fir, both cold climate plants, survive on top of Stony Man as relicts, species that persist from a climate of the past. At the bottom of the marker is a panorama of the view highlighting Massanutten Mountain, New Market Gap (13 miles), Shenandoah Valley, Luray, Lake Arrowhead, and North Mountain (26 miles).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 959 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.