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A little late but we went June 2017.A great hike and really refreshing after getting to the channels on a hot day.

hiking
10 days ago

Great place to walk back side of lake has a lot of trees down but easy to get around if you like to hike without the crowds this is the place

Such a unique hike! The trail leading to the channels is very straight forward and easy to follow. It is pretty much all uphill there and downhill on the way back. The channels themself feel like something out of a fantasy novel! BE SURE TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM! You can easily get lost down in the channels while exploring the amazing rock formations. I recommend following the lead of Hansel and Gretel and leave a trail of nuts or candy so you know how to find your way out, but be sure to clean up after yourself! You don’t want to end up alone trying to find your way out for almost an hour. If you find yourself in the area and have a few hours check this out!

Great hike. Challenging towards the top. Very steep in some areas however took my wife and 7 yr old and we loved it.

One of the best hikes of my life. Loved the wild pony’s!

walking
11 days ago

Great place to walk. Half the trail is the gravel road and the other half are several switch backs on the other side of the lake. During the winter there are plenty of views that available any other time. The best views are from the eastern dam and the boating ramp. Signs state that a day pass is required for access, but I went without. The trail hasn't been maintained in some time. Several trees were down, but I thought it added to the experience. It was pretty soggy due to the heavy rains, but that led to several nice creek crossings. I plan on returning to kayak the lake and get the full experience!

Fun hike with beautiful views!

One of the best hikes in SWVA. Go when the leaves are down and you'll get long range views the entire hike.

I love this hike. It is moderate. The views are stunning. The Channels are like a mystical maze. Great for dogs and children if you want to bring them along.

hiking
17 days ago

About an hour drive from home. It was a very pretty walk, nice and peaceful. Light traffic for a Sunday. It’s perfect for a last minute walk or fun to see something new! Can’t wait for spring!

Great hike with great views. One of the best hikes I have done on the east coast. Not sure what makes it “hard” as it was pretty level. The hardest part was dodging the pony droppings.

hiking
1 month ago

An excellent hike. I left from Massie Gap parking area in Grayson Highlands State Park and it took me about 5 hours round trip. That included some time for detours to scenic spots, snapping photos, and sitting down for a quick lunch.

The summit is surrounded by trees, so there is no view. However, not far away there are some some outstanding scenic overlooks.

The map and some of the posts are a little misleading in that there are three routes to the summit starting at these areas:
1) Grayson Highlands State Park
2) Grindstone Campground Trailhead (this is the route shown on this posting)
3) Elk Garden Trailhead

Fees for parking in the state part are $5 for VA residents and $7 for non-residents. Here is the link to a helpful map for Grayson Highlands Park: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-graysonhighlands.pdf

I will also post a pic I took of a poster with information on Mt. Rogers. It has history and shows the three routes.

awesome hike well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Worth the hike. The view is something from a lord of the rings movie making it very rewarding from the climb up. The horses are beautiful. It has became a yearly visit from PA.

Awesome day with the family! The reward was well worth the hike.

This trail isn’t as difficult as all of the reviews made it out to be, in my opinion. Yes, it’s straight up. But if you are used to actual hiking, then you will be fine. Bring your poles or a walking stick, they help a lot climbing the super steep areas and help you not slide coming back down. We hiked this trail in 60 degree weather, and stopped frequently to rest a minute. A faster pace and/or hot weather would make this hike more difficult. Small children would probably slide/fall coming back down the trail. The view is gorgeous!

I primarily use the Creeper for trail running, but have biked and even gone swimming in some great swimming holes along the trail. The Virginia Creeper is gorgeous, and offers a variety of great views no matter which section you are on. I love the farms and trestles on the Abingdon section the most.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike...good workout and amazing view!!

absolutely beautiful in the fall. make sure to check out the small offshoot to your left when the firetower first shows up on your right. gorgeous views.

One of my favorite hikes to date!! Went March of 2017 and it was extremely cold but it was so beautiful. If we ever go back to VA we would definitely do it again.

My favorite trail to date. I got to see the sunrise as I began my hike, wild ponies everywhere, and bagged the Virginia high point! Took me 5 hours with lots of picture breaks. Just a heads up, this trail is inside a park so you have to pay an entrance fee, which isn't mentioned on the blurb above. $5 in state, $7 out of state.

Amazing and Beautiful!!! I hike it weekly

Great views, loved the channels. We made it a 4 hour trip to the channels and back with children. The hike is a little longer than I was figuring, but I would do again. I recommend bringing a wide angle camera lens for the channels.

Amazing hike! Views are Spectacular! And you get to go to the highest point in VA (Mt Rogers). Saw plently of wild ponies which makes this one of the best hikes in VA IMO, just be sure to not try and pet them. Tons of camp spots along with a shelter is located on the AT portion of this trail so this would be a perfect place for an overnight. Definitely a must do hike in VA!

hiking
3 months ago

The reviews are spot on. This is the steepest trail I have ever hiked. Bring your trekking poles. Still, it was totally worth it.

Just biked from White Top, down to Damascus, was very new to biking a trail. I had a super fun day of biking, Our trail was about 17 miles downhill, the views were beautiful and the rental place we used was phenomenal, awesome trek, would do it again!

Absolutely beautiful views

Beautiful hike. Amazing views the whole way up starting from Grayson Highlands State Park. The path is very rocky. It would be very easy to trip or twist an ankle if one, was not paying attention. Back county camping was not permitted during the time we were there ( BEARS ), but I would definitely go back to camp. Plenty of well kept sites with beautiful views of the valley below.

Incredible and Rejuvenating AMAZING!!!!! I will be back over and over❤️❤️❤️

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