by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We attempted this hike using the alternate starting point of Grayson Highlands State Park and the Big Wilson Creek Trail. From the campground, we followed the combined Upchurch Road/Wilburn Branch trails along the Wilson Creek but were unable to locate the intersection with the Big Wilson Creek Trail. After wasting valuable time looking, we decided to ford the creek and see if we could locate it on the opposite side. We quickly located a sign indicating the beginning of the trail but then had trouble following the un-blazed, un-maintained trail uphill. After losing the trail, we bushwhacked our way uphill until we located an old road bed. With tired legs and rain beginning to fall, we decided to call it a day and took the road back toward Grayson Highlands. These troubles were in contrast to our experience the day before where all the trails out of Grayson Highlands were well maintained and marked. I would recommend avoiding the Big Wilson Creek Trail and sticking to the primary route suggested. Although we didn’t complete the route, we still enjoyed a nice morning of hiking and the beautiful scenery. Additional Note - Our stay at Grayson Highlands State Park was very enjoyable. The sites are well maintained, the bathroom/shower facilities were excellent and the staff very helpful.
Two words--wild ponies
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