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Grayson Highlands State Park

Photo Credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
Grayson Highlands State Park offers some of the most beautiful views in all of Virginia state parks.

Thanks to the fact that the park is nestled close to Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain – two of the tallest in the entire state – visitors can be assured to have the opportunity to see amazing sunrises and other unforgettable sights.

The park is surrounded by Jefferson National Forest, so you will have access not only the Grayson Highlands trails, but to those in the National Forest as well. Additionally, access to the Appalachian Trail and the Highland horse trails is also provided.

This 4822-acre park boasts miles of hiking trails. Those who enjoy these trails will be rewarded by amazing views as some of trails end at a waterfall or picturesque overlook.

History buffs will want to take the trail that leads to an authentic pioneer cabin that is more than 200 years old. The cabin gives you just a glimpse into what life may have been like for early settlers.

You’ll find many things to do at this park including hiking, mountain biking and fishing. The park sits alongside wild trout streams, so you can expect a good catch. Guided canoe trips are available from late spring through summer.

This park is a favorite with those who enjoy bringing their horses along. Grayson Highlands offers equestrian trails and has both covered and uncovered stalls available.

Overnight horse facilities are available, but you must bring your own hay and water bucket.

Overnight facilities at this state park include campsites and a bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse is quite primitive and linens are not provided. Grayson Highlands has a visitor’s center and many special programs and events take place here throughout the year.

The Grayson Highlands Fall Festival and the Albert Hash Memorial Festival are two examples of the annual events held here.

Pack up family, four-legged friends and camping gear and head to Grayson Highlands State Park – 4822 acres of beauty.

Grayson Highlands State Park Basics

Handicap accessible: Some areas including some trails, bathrooms and the visitor center are accessible.
To reach Grayson Highlands take I-81 to exit 45 and then go south on route 16. Go 33 miles to US 58. Take a right onto 58 and reach the park’s entrance in about 8 miles.
Pets are allowed, and must be on a leash. There is an extra fee for pets that stay overnight.
For more information about Grayson Highlands State Park call 276-783-5196.

Location: Grayson County
Address: 829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, 24363
Telephone: (276) 579-709
Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov
Cost: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends
Latitude: 36.628322
Longitude: -81.496889

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