Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson

#14 of 71 in Nature in Virginia
This mountain park is next to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. Pets are allowed in the park but not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.
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  • We finally got the time to do this hike. It was a bucket list one for me. We started at the Rhododendron trail and hiked up. The views are gorgeous and of course the ponies are the main attraction. We...  more »
  • One of my favorite Virginia State Parks! The hiking is stellar. The views are spectacular. With great camping and horse back facilities the Park offers so much!  more »
  • This park has to be one of the finest around. Between the fresh air, mountains, trails(including the AT which runs through it) and ponies, there is enough to keep you occupied for days.  more »
  • Great camping environment and an incredible camp host, very available and attentive. Fun with a group camping in adjoining sites. Incredible trails and views! And the horses are so cool, letting you get relatively close, and the babies are so fuzzy! For their safety, don't pet or feed them, but it is a terrible temptation. ♡
  • This is honestly my favorite place in America. I highly recommend going here. Most of the campsites are a good distance apart so you have privacy. There's a lot of trails to explore. OH, and, my boyfriend and I were able to see the actual milky way and the annual meteor shower while we were there, so, lots of shooting stars!! I Love it so much here
  • There are a lot of beautiful hikes on well maintained trails up Mt Rodgers. Part of the Appalachian Trail system. Lots of wildlife including wild ponies. I went up on a super cold and snowy day and did a 9ish mile hike and had a blast. It's $5 to park and access the trails but it's worth it.
  • A wonderful spot for hiking and camping. Access the Appalachian Trail from this scenic state park as well. Several trails are available for hiking with varying levels of difficulty. The Rhododendron Trail offers an experience with wild ponies. Cabin Creek trail leads to a beautiful waterfall.
  • Unforgettable place. The views are mind blowing and if you're lucky enough to stumble upon the wild ponies, you surely won't forget the experience. You can hike a steep, but short trail up Pinnacle to take in a sunset you'll never forget. Also, a fantastic place for family camping. There's a camp store right there at the campgrounds if you forget anything (or decide you want ice cream or a souvenir) We've camped here a few times and enjoyed every trip. Some of the sites are very close, but it seems most people are there to sleep and enjoy the park the rest of the day, it's pretty quiet. They have educational hikes and fun presentations for the kids and a small playground, too.
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