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Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.9/5 based on 170 reviews on the web
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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  • Awesome park! I loved seeing all the wild ponies. The park was very well kept and has a lot of camping sites. I really enjoyed the views and it was so peaceful. I am already planning to go back!! 
  • We stayed one night in the and bath/shower were clean. Ranger was very friendly and helpful. Then we left our vehicles two nights in the backpackers' parking lot. They stayed secure...  read more »
  • This park is one of my favorite places. Awesome views, great hiking, and it is not too crowded. Beautiful scenery in a peaceful setting with wild ponies 
  • This was more of a spontaneous trip and it was worth every second! Let me tell you why, We are young, we wanted to explore, and we also wanted to try new things which included backpacking in the middle of nowhere. Neither of us had ever done something like this and we both loved it. We paid $20 to enter the park and get a 1-week park pass and got some free guides and maps, and then we parked at the backpackers parking lot. The backpackers parking lot has a reputation for break ins and theft but we had no one issue while we were there. At the parking lot there are 2 main entrances to the trails, both lead to different ends of the park, taking the application spur trail up about 2 miles brought us up to Massey gap and wow! It was beautiful, we camped there that night. We had also made it around Wilson creek trail which was a very difficult trail especially toting around huge backpacks, Wilson creek included many tight squeezes and slippery steps, but also included a waterfall which you can step out on the top of and soak your tired feet, it was beautiful but very difficult. The Wilson creek trail ends up coming out to one of the campsites which is about a 2 mile drive from the backpackers parking lot. To help you get around there are "blazes" or colored trail markings, which become quite difficult because multiple trails had the same color so we got lost for some period of time but ended up finding our way once we learned how to read the map with a compass. My favorite trail was the cabin creek trail, it was a moderately easy hike to waterfalls but then turns into a rock climbing adventure depending on how far you're willing to go but there is a turn off point to go back to the trial head so anyone can hike this trail. There are many peaks to look over and many animals to see. It's a great adventure everyone should take. I highly recommend a visit to Grayson Highlands State park!
  • Awesome Virginia highlands park. This micro-climate is wonderful for hiking, horse back riding, and camping. One side of the park borders Jefferson National Forest. The Appalachian Trail passes near by. Great place to park for multi-night loop back packing trips.
  • Beautiful park! Trails are nice and well marked. Really enjoyed seeing the ponies, got some great pictures. But please use caution, they are very friendly and cute, but remember they are not pets, and can bite and kick. When we were there the stallions were fighting and some of the spectators were way to close, some with small children. Please obey posted signs so that everyone stays safe and we can continue to enjoy the beautiful ponies for many years.
  • A hidden gem in the Commonwealth. Loved the hikes and atmosphere. Park attendants were amazing and helpful. Always had a smile on their face and willing to help. I felt as if I was in my home town.
  • Gorgeous park with easy to follow trails. Good road access in and out as well. Although the front desk staff wasn't particularly friendly but that is a non-issue.
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