December 8, 2023

Grayson Highlands (Backpacking, 15 Miles, Moderate)

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Saturday, 09/05/2020 - Monday, 09/07/2020

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Grayson Highlands State Park


  1. This trip was planned prior to the COVID outbreak.  Current restrictions are set to end on June 10th, but should that date be extended, we will make every effort to reschedule.
  2. Due to changes to our event management process, attendees for this event are no longer listed here.  Steve has the list of attendees and their contact information.

Grayson Highlands State Park is a launching point for a round-trip backpacking hike to Virginia’s highest point, Mount Rogers. Hikers on the highlands trails are likely to encounter wild ponies. They were introduced to the park in 1974 to prevent reforestation of the highland balds.

The scenery presented along Grayson’s trails is some of the best in Virginia. Wide open meadows sprinkled with spruce and the occasional rocky outcrop make this a photographer’s dream. Rhododendron and scrub pines combine to provide a thick cover from sometimes strong winds.

The weather at this altitude can best be described as evolving. Because of the open exposure to the South, weather travels very quickly in this region and changes rapidly.  There are several micro-climates encountered on this hike. The ‘balds’ (open, grassy/rocky mountain tops) are frequently encountered and display potential for rapid temperature and weather shifts. Bring appropriate rain-gear. Mount Rogers is not an open vista, but a thick, temperate rainforest environment such as encountered in the Pacific Northwest.

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