33: Grayson Highlands

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Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. The park has long been a gateway to the state’s highest peak, Mount Rogers, as well as the Appalachian Trail and the Grayson Highlands. The park is also known as the best bouldering site in Virginia.

Trail map


  • Hotel
  • 1m50sDay One (34°F)
    • Map overlay
    • The hike begins
    • Snack: chocolate-covered peanuts; freeze-dried grapes
    • Ponies
    • Lichen
    • Onward through the haze
    • Junction
    • Tunnel of rhododendrons
    • Campsite
      • “Pine needles”
    • Dinner: prosciutto; freeze-dried meals
      • What about mushrooms?
    • Getting in tents
      • California bag
  • Day Two (3.3 miles hiked, 47°F)
    • Early morning hike to the peak of Mt. Rogers
    • Sunrise
    • Breakfast: coffee
    • Water and ponies
    • Frisbee
    • Setting out
    • Fungus on beech tree
    • Quick snack stop
    • Dinner: budae-jjigae (army stew)
    • Favorite camping memories
  • Day Three (10 miles hiked, 49°F)
    • Breakfast: scrambled eggs
  • Improvised eyeglass repair
  • Shoutouts: The Matrix