Virginia Highlands Circuit

Marion, Virginia 24354

Virginia Highlands Circuit

Virginia Highlands Circuit Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike explores Virginia’s highest terrain, traversing incredibly beautiful and historic topography. Start at Massie Gap, once a highland homestead and now part of Grayson Highlands State Park. Follow the Appalachian Trail (AT) through a mix of meadow and woodlands.

Come to Scales, a gap where livestock grazers weighed and sold their cattle in days gone by. The AT takes you on to Pine Mountain. Here, enjoy excellent views opened by timber operations from yesteryear and see some of the wild ponies that help keep the mountain lands open. Rejoin the AT and cross over the open rocky terrain of Wilburn Ridge, named for an 1800s hunter, before completing the loop. Be apprised this high-country hike is subject to inclement weather, especially in winter."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6-7 hours
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Route 1, Box 303, Marion, VA 24354; (276) 783-5196;
Local Contacts
National Geographic Mount Rogers; USGS Whitetop Mountain, Trout Dale
Local Maps

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