Wilburn Ridge via Appalachian Trail

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Wilburn Ridge via Appalachian Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mouth of Wilson, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
843 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


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

21 days ago

One of my favorite trails at Grayson Highlands and Mount Rogers Recreational Area. The first time I hiked Wilburn Ridge I missed part of the trail. So, I'm going to give everybody directions as to how I hiked this and I promise you'll love the hike and views. It is hard. It is marked with blue blazes but unless you are familiar with all the trails you might miss some of it. You hike in from Massie Gap. You can branch off on the horse trail or get on the AT. Both will bring you up to a fenced area, bench, and educational board. Go through the gate and continue straight on the AT. You will go up the AT until you come to a sign on the left that says, "Wilburn Ridge Trail". Take the left and follow the blue blazes up and over and back down the rock outcroppings. Beautiful views at the top. Here's the tricky part and the part I missed the first time I hiked the trail. When you come down off of the rock outcroppings you will be in a large field. To the right is the AT. To the far left is the Rhododendron Gap Trail. Stay straight towards that big ridge until you start seeing the blue blazes again. Continue following the blue blazes up and over the ridge and it will bring you back down to the AT. If you hang a left here you will continue towards Rhododendron Gap. You will have to do a little climbing in both areas. The views are outstanding. It is a fun hike. If you are doing it in the winter I highly recommend taking crampons due to ice.

2 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

trail running
7 months ago

Wild horses and cattle

Friday, January 26, 2018

Loved it, done it three or four times all seasons.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Can't wait to go back and hike some more!
Loved eating the wild blackberries on the trail!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Words cannot explain this place...... it's a must see !!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fun hike with amazing campsites and views.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Well kept State Park. There was a $7 fee to enter the park. We parked at Massie Gap parking area. Used the Rhododendron Trail,The trail is in very good condition but lookout for the manure! Got to see several of the ponies..that made the trip worthwhile. The trail is listed as moderate but actually I thought that it was quite easy. I went on past where the Rhododendron trail ends to just beyond where the AT crosses. The area is quite beautiful would like to come back and do more exploring

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great hike. Loved the ponies and the views along the way.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spectacular views during our hike. Trails were pretty easy to hike and the trails up Mt Rodgers was amazing with a bonus of seeing wild ponies. We also camped at their campsite and the staff and other campers were all welcoming and super friendly. I highly recommend visiting this park you will not be disappointed. Caution to more of the adventures out there if you attempt to climb the waterfall on the Cabin creek trail be careful as the rocks are super slippery.....enjoy.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

loved this place. fun day of hiking, saw ponies, amazing views. I definitely hope to go back

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful! So many trails to choose from. We got super lucky and had the falls on Cabin Creek Trail to ourselves last week.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nice views at the top of the ridges.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

$7 fee for none VA residents to get into the park. There's also the pinnacle trails at the visitors center. Parked at Massie Gap parking.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Love this place! Seeing the wild ponies makes it even better ❤

Sunday, April 16, 2017

favorite place to hike!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

This was a wonderful trail! I went all the way to the summit of my. Rodgers, the highest point in Virginia! Out and back this was an 8 mile trail. For seasoned hikers it is a moderate. I completed in 4 hours

Friday, March 03, 2017


Saturday, February 25, 2017


Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is a very beautiful place!! I was hooked the first time I got to backpack there.. love the wild ponies!! heading back for my birthday this spring

Friday, February 10, 2017

Magical backcountry! Most of the trails in this park are moderate to difficult. I would not bring or hike with anyone that (dogs) that you cannot lift over large boulders. I hiked from Massie Gap on the AT/Rhodedendron, then looped back via a horsetrail during summer solstice. Good water sorces in most places. It rained the first 1-2 days, but after that nice and sunny. Still cold at night 40s-50s.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sweet views! Parked at Massie Gap and looked down as I climbed up. A lot of people with dogs and kids were all out. The horses were out, one was in labor. SoBo on the AT was very quiet. Lots of rocks both ways. Mt. Rogers way was steep and big rocks, while SoBo was just rocky. Go to the visitor center up the mountain. There are more trails up there. Awesome place to just sit and chill!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Absolutely beautiful place! Definitely going back as I only hiked one trail (Rhododendron) and that barely scratched the surface. I want to camp here! GH has something for every hiker, every level but what sets this heavenly place apart from none other is the horses. Come on...it's what we all go for!

Monday, October 24, 2016

We did a section of this hike and combined it with another, longer route. Beautiful views, wild ponies, interesting terrain. Route is clearly marked most of the time. Our dog loved it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great hike with a different terrain than most nc/va hikes. Can be very windy on the open highlands in late October.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wow. My friend has talked about this place for the last several years. I finally made my way to VA, and completely understand why she loves it so very much. It is incredibly beautiful. I did not find the trail especially difficult. We saw the feral ponies, which was quite a treat. Unfortunately, I also witnessed people feeding the ponies, which is strictly prohibited.
I enjoyed very much climbing on some of the rock formations. The panoramic views during the middle of October are amazing!

Monday, October 03, 2016

This was our second AT 1 nighter after Carvers Gap in TN 2 weeks ago. I didn't think anything could beat the view but this was simply amazing. A little tougher but worth it! We saw about 10 wild ponies and 50+ Cattle (long horn) in the Trail. 5 stars and worth doing! Started at the backpackers overnight parking lot and headed AT Spur Trail to the AT north. Camped at "the Scales". Followed the AT north to "pine mountain trail" then back on AT north. 13 total miles.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

One of the coolest places to go especially with children. ❤️❤️❤️

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