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Criglersville in Madison County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stony Man

 
 
Stony Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
1. Stony Man Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Location. 38° 36.719′ N, 78° 21.767′ W. Marker is in Criglersville, Virginia, in Madison County. Marker is on Skyline Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Stony Man Overlook, near Hughes River Gap, in Shenandoah National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Syria VA 22743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Stony Man Overlook Walkway image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
2. Stony Man Overlook Walkway
Both the Visibility Endangered and Stony Man markers are seen on the right along the stone wall.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 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); Construction of the Skyline Drive (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Rag (approx. 2.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Camp (approx. 2.8 miles away); Shenandoah National Park (approx. 3 miles away).
 
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).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Stony Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2011
3. Stony Man Marker
View of Stony Man from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
4. View of Stony Man from the Marker
Looking over the parking area toward Stony Man's peak.
View from Summit of Stony Man image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2011
5. View from Summit of Stony Man
The Stony Man Mountain Overlook, where the marker is located, can be seen in the center of this photo taken from the summit of Stony Man.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 26 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 North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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