Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, cooler temperatures and more are all waiting on you at Grayson Highlands State Park!
Grayson Highlands State Park, home to the highest mountain peaks in the Virginia State Park system, is generally the first to get snow in the fall and the last park to have it during the spring. On average, the temperatures in the park are 10 degrees cooler due to the altitude than nearby Hungry Mother State Park. This is just one reason why Grayson Highlands makes a great getaway during the spring, summer and fall months.
Twin Pinnacles Trail rewards hikers with a nearly 360 degree view
The activities at Grayson Highlands vary throughout the park and make the trip to the park worthwhile!
The park offers 15 miles of hiking trails. The hiking trails are diverse but offer views that are unmatched. The Cabin Creek Trail leads the hiker through grassy open fields to wooded areas running along the creek. Waterfalls are found along this trail. The peak of the Twin Pinnacles Trail is over 5,000 feet and offers a nearly 360 degree view. Accessible from the campground, the Wilson Creek Trail takes hikers through thickets of rhododendron and runs along the Wilson Creek. A 25 foot waterfall is on this trail.
Grayson Highlands is an access point to the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is a National Scenic Trail that consists of a footpath of more than 2,150 miles stretching from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. The largest portion of the A.T. (544 miles), approximately one quarter of the entire trail lies in Virginia with portions passing through Grayson Highlands State Park and Sky Meadows State Park. The park has one parking lot for backpackers to leave vehicles while they hike.
Grayson Highlands offers horse stalls for visitors who are camping at the park. The park will supply sawdust but the riders must provide their own hay bag and water buckets. Day riders may also use this area to park horse trailers. Many of the trails within the park are open to horseback riding. The park trails also serve as a connector for riders wishing to access the both the Appalachian Trail and VA Highlands Horse Trail. The park does not provide horses for trail rides.
Nearly 10 miles of wild trout stream lie within Grayson Highlands State Park. The cool mountain streams offer angling for native brook and wild rainbow trout. All park streams are designated "Special Regulation Wildlife Trout Streams" and require the use of a single hook and artificial lures, and all trout less than nine inches long must be released unharmed. All required state fishing licenses and creel limits apply to fishing within the park. A National Forest Permit is required when fishing on national forest property
Also enjoy other park amenities which include a picnic area, with playground and two shelters, an amphitheater, a country store and visitor center. You can see all of the Grayson Highlands State Park amenities here, and to view a PDF park map click here.
Horseback riders are always welcome
All Virginia fishing regulations do apply in the parks
One of the sights many visitors enjoy at Grayson Highlands (Photo by Chad Theodore)
Grayson Highlands State Park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park's entrance. Latitude, 36.628322. Longitude, -81.496889.
Grayson Highlands State Park, 829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
Now you know why you must come to Grayson Highlands State Park!