Featured Hike: Learn Your Ferns on Stony Man


In our effort to provide multiple opportunities for you to hike in Shenandoah, the Trust occasionally partners with other groups that take regular outings in the park. We are pleased to inform you of an upcoming hike on Saturday, June 22, led by Wild Virginia.

Master Naturalist, Chip Morgan, will guide the group along an easy 3 ½ mile circuit hike around Stony Man Mountain, identifying species of ferns and their natural histories. You will learn how the area’s geology has provided the rich soils in which these ferns thrive. You will also see the columnar jointing on Stony Man as we stand just a few yards south of the fault contact with one billion year old granite that was shoved over younger greenstone. Impressive views will also provide opportunity to explain the big picture of Blue Ridge geology.

The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Stony Man Nature Trail parking area on Skyline Drive just south of MP 41 at the northern entrance of Skyland Resort. Plan to spend four hours. The rain date for this outing is Sunday, June 23. Bring water, snacks and lunch. You may also want to bring your camera, binoculars and magnifying glass.

This outing is limited to 20 participants. RSVP is required by June 15. Please contact Ron Fandetti of Wild Virginia at or (401) 529-8025 to reserve your spot(s).