Mount Rogers High Country - Member Hike

Hike Name: Mount Rogers High Country
Country: United States
State: Virginia
Nearby Town: Damascus
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: Go to Grayson Highlands State Park off hwy 58. They have a very good, secure parking area for overnight backpackers
Total Hike Distance: 25.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: AT spur trail in parking lot
Trails Used: AT, Crest, Rhododendren Gap, Cliffside, Wilburn Ridge and others
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Springs
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Grayson Highlands State Park
Mt. Rogers National Recreaton Area
Johnny Molloy's Mt. Rogers Guide also very helpful
Best Season: Summer
Users: Hikers, Horses
Road Conditions: Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: I went here over a weekend in August. There are a myriad of trails here that can be used for various loops and day hikes. The AT section that runs through GHSP is stunning and was the most beautiful open vista that I have seen. Blueberries and blackberries were ripe and plentiful so I had lots of delicious fresh fruit. I had hear about the wild ponies and was anxious to see them. They were there although "wild" may be a bit of a misnomer.

This area may be the most "family friendly" backpacking area I have been too. Lots of friendly folks out hiking. Normally I relish my solitude but this was a nice change and I enjoyed meeting and conversing with folks at different places on my trek.



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