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Grayson Highlands State Park
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Grayson Highlands State Park
Description - Many people refer to this park as Virginia's most beautiful. The park is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area that is part of Jefferson National Forest.

Attractions - Grayson Highlands is located near Virginia's highest point of 5,000 feet. This is a fabulous park for sight seeing. For those with horses, special campsites are set aside along with stables for the animals. This park hosts the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival annually and Fall Festival. Wild ponies graze in the mountain meadows and annually there is a pony round up and auction.

Recreation - The park offers a visitor center, picnicking, hiking trails, horse trails, mountain bike trails, full hookup campsites, hunting, concession, interpretive programs and shelters. This park is excellent for cross-country skiing and winter camping.

Mt. Rogers Recreation Area and Jefferson-Washington National Forest adjoin Grayson Highlands State Park to the north. Camping reservations in Jefferson-Washington National Forest are available by calling 1-800-280-2267. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 33.4 mile multi-use trail beginning in Whitetop, Virginia, approximately 10 miles from the park. The trail ends in Abingdon, Virginia. It is very popular with mountain bikers. Many festivals take place throughout the year, beginning in March and ending in October. Ramp, Molasses, Maple, Fiddlers, Bluegrass and Fall Harvest festivals are the biggest attractions. Call the Grayson County Tourist Information Center at (540) 773-3711 for more 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 - The park is located on U.S. 58 midway between Damascus and Independence, Virginia.

From I-81 take Exit 45 in Marion, head south on RT. 16 to U.S. 58 which runs through Volney, Virginia. Turn right onto U.S. 58 and travel approximately eight miles to the park entrance.

From I-77, take Exit 14 to U.S. 58 West and travel approximately 40 miles to Volney, Virginia. Continue west on U.S. 58 for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance.

Directions from : The park is located on U.S. 58 midway between Damascus and Independence, Virginia. From I-81 take Exit 45 in Marion, head south on RT. 16 to U.S. 58 which runs through Volney, Virginia. Turn right onto U.S. 58 and travel approximately eight miles to the park entrance. From I-77, take Exit 14 to U.S. 58 West and travel approximately 40 miles to Volney, Virginia. Continue west on U.S. 58 for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance. Travel main park road to first right. Park in the picnic parking area. Trail begins in this location.


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Filed By: S.Campbell (Abingdon, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Recently I took my 12 year old son, and two nephews, age 15 and 10 back to your Park. It is one of our favorite places, once I drag them from the XBox or GameBoy. We went in search of snow and ended up hiking up Big Pinnacle. It was a challange that day, the trail was covered with ice and snow. We had to scoot down on our backsides. A couple falls, minor bruises, but we finally reached the top. Along the way, they slid down snowbanks and found a 10-15 frozen wall of ice hanging from the rocks. They were impressed. We have made years of memories in your park, they especially love climbing on the big rocks. Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment you have given our family and friends. My photo albums are full of beautiful pictures over the years. We are very fortunate to have all of this wonder in our backyard. Sincerely, Sarah Campbell

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Contact Information:
Grayson Highlands State Park, 829 Grayson Highland Lane , Mouth of Wilson, VA, 24363, Phone: 276-579-7092
, pco@dcr.state.va.us

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.
Virginia State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

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