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Description - Mount Rogers is a lovely area of the state to visit. It has many recreation opportunities for a variety of skill levels. The area has the highest peak in Virginia, yet has miles of gently rolling terrain. There are countless trout streams with camping opportunities right on the water's edge. The Virginia Creeper Trail and the New River Trail are two very popular former railroad bed trails. The elevation grade is mild yet the diverse scenery makes these two trails well known and enjoyed.

Recreation - Grayson Highlands State Park is a short drive away and offers numerous multi-use trails, a visitor center and several annual festivals.

Camping is available at the New River Campground (Thomason Loop). Navigate to New River Trail State Park - New River Campground for detailed information.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - This ranger district is located in southwestern Virginia. It is a little east of Interstate 81 and a little above the North Carolina state line.


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Report: Comer's Rock in Grayson/Wythe County: This is one of our favorite spots to spend the day outdoors or camp under the stars. Although we really like this area of the Jefferson National Forest, it is not for everyone - it is not a highly used camping area and therefore you should be familiar and feel comfortable with be the only camper/hiker for miles. Old, worn, moss covered rock steps (that look like they belong to an ancient ruins) lead up to a small outlook post at the top of the mountain with 360 degree views of valleys, distant mountain ranges, small farms and county roads. Walking-hiking time from base of parking area: 10 minutes one-way, mostly uphill with steps, very clear path. You can drive through the Jefferson Forest (on a dirt road) to the base of the rock. Also located nearby - a some-what developed campground & Hale Lake. Pack a picnic & spend the day exploring the trail winding around the lake. The trail has pretty views of the picture-perfect calm little lake and suitable for children (mostly level with good shade). There are several hiking trails - one leading from the lake to Comer's Rock is a longer hike. If exploring side roads you may happen upon primitive camping sites that have been slightly cleared. Most of these sites are kept up by regular users of such sites - always remember to take all trash out with you!!


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Contact Information:
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, 3714 Highway 16 , Marion, VA, 24354-4097, Phone: 276-783-5196

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Located in western Virginia along the rugged Appalachians, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is a glorious park for virtually every outdoor recreation activity imaginable.
Roanoke Area - Roanoke is known as the Star City. The Roanoke Valley has many attributes to charm any visitor. Conveniently located off I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke offers museums, attractions, farmers markets and an abundance of outdoor recreation.

Links:
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Official agency Website
Grayson Highlands State Park - Official agency Website
The Virginia Travel Guide - Statewide Attractions

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