Outdoors & Recreation


“Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia, Grayson Highlands State Park offers over 4,500 acres of recreational activities, with scenic views of Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains. Most visitors enjoy family hikes to find herds of ponies that live in the wild along Wilburn Ridge in the park. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking and equestrian trails along wild trout streams and cascading waterfalls. The park has multiple camping options, including standard tent and electric/water sites, a bunkhouse lodge, and recreational yurts. Full-service camping is only available from May through October due to adverse weather conditions in the winter. ”

Nearby Attractions

“The state park is adjacent to Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and lies within the Jefferson National Forest. 2.8 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park. The area is musically notable for the 300-mile long The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, where sounds of traditional gospel, bluegrass, and mountain music have been passed down by generations of local musicians and instrument makers. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, live radio shows, and informal jam sessions abound throughout the region. The park is also home to the Wayne C. Henderson Festival and Guitar Competition, a regionally important festival and guitarist contest named for local notable guitar-maker Wayne Henderson. A variety of handcrafted woodwork, weaving, and pottery can be found in country stores and small workshops in the area.”

Submitted By

John Couture

Photo Credit

VSPYCC, Eli Christman