33: Grayson Highlands

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Grayson Highlands State Park
829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
36.6336,-81.5063 🌐

Trail map and guide


  • 0m00sIntro
  • 0m25sTheme song
  • 0m54sHotel
  • 1m48sDay One (34°F)
    • 2m35sMap 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