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This mountain park is next to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. Pets are allowed in the park but not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.

Beautiful day for a hike. Be aware, if there has been any snow in the area in the past 3 weeks, you may want to call the park and ask for road conditions in the park. Over 4000 ft. the road was a sheet of ice. Had to walk a little extra, but well worth it. Little windy... Can't wait to go back. As someone else has said, there is a 5 dollar fee to park for VA residents and 7 for out of state. Any day is a great day for photography.

8 days ago

What a beautiful stream to photograph. There building a new restroom where the trail head starts. I was a little confused at the start, but thanks to alltrails, I soon got back on track. Love the mountains in the winter.

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.

Outstanding ride...

Great family ride.

This trail is breathtaking. We did it on a cool, drizzly day and it was still tons of fun. Highly recommend dropping your party at Whitetop, driving to Damascus and then taking the shuttle back to Whitetop before starting down as the shuttles tend to stop in the early afternoon. Hubs did the trip on his road bike and doesn’t recommend it unless you’re an extremely experienced cyclist.

Also, if you’re considering doing it in less than ideal weather I’d caution anyone who isn’t absolutely confident on their bike. There are spots of mud that get slick and the bridges are extremely slick when wet.

Beautiful hike..very peaceful!!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail and beautiful waterfall. Peaceful.

This is another trail we've done since our children were young and now are in their late teens and one in his early 20's they all still love it as do we. Beautiful views, rocks to climb on, wild ponies, and several trails to choose from once you are up there. We enjoy the Mt. Rogers hike, but bring sturdy shoes!

Good hike for kids and adults both!

3 months ago

This is a nice easy trail with a great view once you get to Big Pinnacle. The trailhead is located conveniently just behind the Grayson Highlands Visitors Center.

I absolutely love it. It’s very shaded, wide, and just beautiful. Many different landscapes to see.

Grayson is spectacular! This is an easy loop with amazing views and wild ponies! Even if you aren't very fit you could do this loop and it's worth it. Take your camera!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike that I almost passed up on. The ranger talked me into doing it. Great views! A LOT of wind up on the peak and so very quiet down in the woods. Don't pass this up. It's worth doing.

Best place to ride a bike. I love it

Rented bikes and rode from white top down to Damascus. Very beautiful trail and wonderful ride.

Love, love, love this trail. It's beautiful. A must do for everyone!

awesome hike!!! good views and we looped in with the AT. Not sure of the exact route we took but about a 12 loop. Steady inclines but nothing too extreme. Just now posting but we went in April and weather was perfect during the day for backpacking in the 50s at night and windy that high up at night

This trail offers amazing views, wild ponies, and lots to snack on in late summer. We had blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries within arm’s reach nearly the entire way. For the hike itself, you can expect a short climb, with the trailbed being packed earth and rocks. There are several rock outcroppings for the adventurous. Everyone should visit this park at least once.

It is an easy trail and it has beautiful flowers, views, and wildlife to enjoy along the way. It’s a bit rocky so if going with toddlers, you may want to consider having a carrier with you.

trail running
6 months ago

Wild horses and cattle

Love this Trail. We started out from Whitetop and rode back up from Damascus, having to use horn at times as most people didn't expect any body coming up. The weather called for light rain but the natural forest canopy repelled the few showers and it cleared later in the day Took us about 4.5 hours total riding took and hour off for lunch in Damascus. Damascus may be the place to stay if you want rentals or only have time to ride one way as several vendors offer bike transport to the trail heads to let you ride downhill. Take tools, watch the ruts, and check equipment periodically for loose bolts and such. Had a blast. Must be beautiful in Fall

6 months ago

Great trail with historical significance and waterfalls. Was disappointed yesterday to find that horse people thought it was a horse trail - in spite of the signage and trail guides.

Great experience for families with elementary and middle school-aged kids.

8 months ago

Nice, short hike. Little cascades along the river are beautiful! Lots of water for pets and places to cool off in the water. There is an entrance fee to the park - $7.00 for non- Virginia residents, and $5.00 for residents .

A lot of reward for very little effort is the best way to put this. It's a simple little hike with some pretty good views considering how easy they are to get to.

From an elevation standpoint this is definitely a moderate rating but when you factor in the roots and the rocks it makes this hike much more difficult.

Great trail to get in your daily jog! I ran along the trail for about three miles from Abingdon then turned around. Terrain was flat with gravel / hard pack soil that was a little damp from recent heavy rains. Views of farms, streams, and forest were nice. There were hardly any people on the trail when I was jogging around 9AM on a weekday.

Easy, fun little hike. Gorgeous views!

9 months ago

could be marked better but fun visit

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