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Mount Rogers via Appalachian Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 1,755 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble No shade Fee
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$7 entrance fee ($10 on weekends Apr-Oct). State Park is open Year round. Also, off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and confusing to get around. Take the Appalachian trail to Wilburn Ridge, Pine Mountain and Mount Roger, the highest point in Virginia. Plenty of camp spots and a shelter are located along the AT making this a great place for an overnight.

Bathrooms, camp spots and parking is all available

Grayson Highlands State Park (276) 579-7092 829 Grayson Highland Lane Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

Keep an eye out for wild ponies! and manure on the ground. Easy to follow trail but make sure you have a paper map or offline maps downloaded.

829 Grayson Highland Lane Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

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Adam Lytton
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Dustin Genton
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Manda Bear
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

Did this hike with my dog. We both loved it.

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Tameem Alqarni
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Rob Lucas
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Levi McNeely
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Take advantage of the amazing views on the way to the summit as the actual summit has no real view (buried in trees). Hike on the AT is pretty great! Well marked - just take the AT (white blazes) until the Mount Rogers Summit Trail (blue blazes). Recommend hiking early to see the wild ponies on the mountain throughout the hike. Single track trail and can get rocky in places.

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Dan Petersen
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Ronnie Campbell
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Jade A
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HikingFee

Great trail, I will say a little difficult with dogs and scaling some of the rock parts but other than that beautiful hike. The ponies are great. If your dogs are older this might not be the hike for them though. The weekend rate for non Va residents is 10$ the weekday rate is 7$.

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Armelle Le Guelte
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Nice scenery: you start in the forest then climb to the plains with “wild” ponies and finish in the forest (if I stopped at the summit since at the end the gps tracking was way off and I couldn’t find any trail). As others I strongly suggest a gps, without it I would have been completely off trail! It’s a beautiful place and the ponies make it extra special! Ponies are pretty friendly and a baby pony wanted to play with my dog so I had to back off!

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alex otten
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great trail. the markings can be a little confusing at times but stick to the all trails map and you won't have any problems. did this hike in May and would love to go back. beautiful views all the way up with the exception of the summit. the summit is still nice its just surrounded by trees.

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Ashley Earick
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8/21/20 This was a lovely hike. Hard to believe it’s in Virginia. Looks a lot like Scotland highlands (if you’ve watched Outlander - I was waiting for the Fraser’s to come around a corner). The ponies are magical & friendly. We saw probably 15-20 of them. Also a couple longhorn cattle. I would rate this as more of a moderate hike. The ascents & climbs are not as challenging as several others I’ve done in the Eastern US. We opted for the Willburn Ridge scramble on the way up, & took the alternate route on the way back. Heads up - the trail intersections can be confusing. We accidentally ended up on the Crest Trail on the way up & had to go off-trail to find the AT again. Somehow got off-route again around the same spot on the way back down. It just gets wonky around the Pine Mtn section. As others have said, the weather is definitely erratic & its best to be prepared for anything. It actually rained the entire time for us with just a glint of sunshine & was breezy & cold at times. So I suggest layers, definitely rain gear, & sturdy footwear with good tread. The rocks can get slippery. Bc of the rain, there were lots of puddles of course. And plenty of poop piles to dodge! I forgot to stop the recording at the end so it recorded all the way to the general store down the road (which is great by the way). We finished the hike at about 5hrs 45min & 9ish miles. Highly recommend! It was worth the 3hr drive.

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Joseph Bruzgul
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Galen Godbey
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8/8/20 - a delightful hike in most every way. Baring all the heavy foot traffic, this is a gem of a hike. Comprehensive views from the kick + more raspberries and blueberries than I’ve ever seen. One can only assume this to be bear territory. We saw 3-4 different herds of ponies and a few cattle as we walked along the balds. We also tramped right up on a garter snake (I think). It was no less surprised by us than we were by it. No worry, he made haste in heading on his merry way. Views from Mt Rogers are nil, but it’s worth the walk to sit among the pines atop the highest point in Virginia. A day very well spent.

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Jodi M
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Pretty hike through several different landscapes...rocky forest, grassland and pine forest at the top. No view at the top but the pine smell was amazing! Loved the wild horses that were along the way. Overall a nice, fairly easy hike.

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Brittney S
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Amazing hike, one of my favorites ever. The views, the ponies, the rock scrambles and the spruce forest at the summit were all unbelievable.

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Brian Reel
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Great trail and a good day hike; however, I will go counterclockwise next time to spend more time on the mountain range and time with the ponies. Also, there is no cell service for most of the hike and AllTrails shut down at close to the end of my hike and calculated it strangely. The hike was approximately 20 miles instead of 26. AllTrails did however keep me on track as it is easy to go down the wrong path with this hike. Loved the ponies!

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Leah Clarkson
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We hiked this on a Wednesday with 2 adults, a 9 year old and a 12 year old (all experienced hikers). This was an amazing hike--highly recommended! We arrived at Massie Gap parking area (bring cash for parking) a little after 9AM. Took the Rhodedendron Trail up to the AT, but somehow got off on Wilburn Ridge trail for a mile or so, which was great! (AT and Wilburn converge a bit further on). The best thing about this hike is how you go through so many different landscapes--rock scrambles, pastures, woods--which also keeps things fun for the kids. I'd say this is a moderate hike overall but long and as others have pointed out with a lot of exposed areas. Bring plenty of water (more than you think you'll need), sunscreen and hats. We hiked in at 9:30, reached summit about 1:00, and out about 3:30 but took plenty of stops for water and snacks and lunch at the summit! Definitely do the summit spur--true that the summit is wooded, but it's an easy, pretty trail and it's worth it to see the survey markers at the top! Saw lots of ponies on our way back down, the AT plus long-horns. Trail overall not too crowded but in the last 45 minutes or so saw lots more people (later in the day + closer to parking) and given COVID I wouldn't have been comfortable if trail had been like that all the way. As it was, no problem distancing from the few passing parties.

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Dan Margalski
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Wow. I was speechless and smiling for a significant portion of this hike. Parked at Massie gap by the overnight lot. Went on a weekday and was on the trail before 8, and crowds were not an issue until I was hiking back in. Starts off rocky and rooty under the canopy but opened up into beautiful open terrain. A few fun boulders to climb up early on, and then you run into the horse trail. From here on there are a few areas where you have 3+ trails intersecting and it’s prudent to be sure what direction you should be going. Took the AT side outgoing and wilburn ridge headed back. I think the AT side has better views overall, but wilburn side has a prominent rock outcropping with stunning 360 degree views. Wilburn side also has a lot of 3 and 4 point scrambling, reminded me of Grandfather Mtn in NC. Numerous fantastic looking camping spots although many are really close to the trail. Some have great views but come with some exposure. I saw the ponies early and often, but they seemed to withdraw more into the forest when it got warmer and more crowded in the afternoon. Throughout the hike, more often than not you have some amount of view of the layered mountains around you, until you get to the summit spur. As others have noted. The summit itself is entirely wooded, but it was hard for me to not go with it being the state high point. High sun exposure, bring a hat and/or sunscreen. I did not, and because I’m bald and wear a sweat band, I now look like I’m wearing a red yarmulke. I will definitely be coming back, likely to backpack as well.

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