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Grayson Highlands hike to Mount Rogers, VA

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Nice (out and back) open landscape, wild ponies, Appalachian Trail section-hike.
Near:Mouth Of Wilson, VA
Distance:7.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1768 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: A wonderful hike. In the Grayson Highlands, you get a lot of feel that you're above treeline, with some rugged and rocky terrain, and wind-swept areas. The hike itself is pleasant and not too terribly tough. In the SP, you're treated to seeing some wild ponies all around, and once you leave the park, you get to take on some of the Appalachian Trail.

To reach the peak of Mt Rogers, you must take a spur trail off of the AT, but the peak is wooded and has no views. Shortly before this point, you'll run into a trail shelter, recently reviewed by BackPacker magazine as having one of the top "scenic" back-country outhouses (go figure!).

Trailhead: The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park's entrance.

From I-77, take Hillsville Exit 14 to U.S. 58. Travel west on U.S. 58, 40 miles to Volney. Turn left to stay on U.S. 58 and go eight miles to the park entrance.
(Lat:36.64443 Lon:-81.52024)

Trail Guides for Grayson Highlands hike to Mount Rogers, VA:
Virginia State Parks Website
by Virginia ()

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: VA State Parks - 1-800-933-PARK
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Andrew Hall, who has posted  7 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Tena on 8/6/2004
I love this hike. The scenery if just beautiful. Reminds you of being out west. Just be prepared for weather changes, they can be drastic here. Always take a rain jacket.

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Keys: Virginia Hiking, Virginia Trails, Virginia Hikes, Grayson County Hiking, Grayson County Trails, Grayson County Hikes

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