Grayson Highlands State Park

Volney, Virginia

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Virginia's highest state park, Grayson Highlands, lies adjacent to Mount Rogers (5729 feet), Virginia's highest point, and ties together a unique collection of flora and fauna. A highly versatile recreational area, the park is one of the most picturesque spots you'll find in Southwestern Virginia. You're likely to encounter some of the wild ponies that live and roam in the park year-round or catch the blooming of the Catawba rhododendron in the middle of June. Visitors are encouraged not to feed or spook the ponies, but they are relatively calm and will gladly pose for a photo. The large light pink bloom of the Catawba explode during the hot summer months and are accentuated by their cluster of shiny oval shaped leaves. The aroma alone is worth the trip. Most of the Catawbas are around four feet high, but they can grow in excess of eight feet. Trail Surfaces: Flat sections, smooth up hills, and wet rocky down hills.
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by Scott Adams (Falcon Guides)

Virginia's highest state park, Grayson Highlands, lies adjacent to Mount Rogers (5729 feet), Virginia's highest point, and ties together a unique collection of flora and fauna. A highly versatile recreational area, the park is one of the most picturesque spots you'll find in Southwestern Virginia. You're likely to encounter some of the wild ponies that live and roam in the park year-round or catch the blooming of the Catawba rhododendron in the middle of June.

Visitors are encouraged not to feed or spook the ponies, but they are relatively calm and will gladly pose for a photo. The large light pink bloom of the Catawba explode during the hot summer months and are accentuated by their cluster of shiny oval shaped leaves. The aroma alone is worth the trip. Most of the Catawbas are around four feet high, but they can grow in excess of eight feet. Trail Surfaces: Flat sections, smooth up hills, and wet rocky down hills.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Volney
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April through November.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Grayson Highlands State Part
Local Maps: USGS Troutdale.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grayson Highlands State Park

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