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Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Man in the Mountain

Shenandoah National Park

 
 
Old Man in the Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 14, 2016
1. Old Man in the Mountain Marker
Inscription.  
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.

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A Timeless View

George Freeman Pollock, the creator of the pre-Park Stony Man Camp (which later became Skyland Resort), led hikes
Old Man in the Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 14, 2016
2. Old Man in the Mountain Marker
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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.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 38° 36.722′ N, 78° 21.762′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 39), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Stony Man Mountain Overlook at milepost 38.6 on Skyline Drive. 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. Stony Man (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. The background of the marker features a photograph of Stony Man, as seen from the marker. The sidebar shows a photograph of two women at the summit of Stony Man.
 
Marker at the Stony Man Overlook image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 14, 2016
3. Marker at the Stony Man Overlook
Stony Man can be seen beyond the marker.
Stony Man Profile image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 14, 2016
4. Stony Man Profile
View from Stony Man Summit image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 14, 2016
5. View from Stony Man Summit
The Stony Man Overlook, where the marker is located, can be seen near the center of the photograph.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Oct. 5, 2022