Grayson Highlands State Park is situated near both Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, the two largest peaks in Virginia. Offering traditional mountain activities like climbing and horseback riding, Grayson Highlands State Park is a rustic paradise that been catering to guests for over 50 years.
For backpackers, the Grayson Highlands State Park offers an entrance to Mount Rogers, as well as connecting guests to the Appalachian Trail and the Grayson Highlands. These hiking paths are not for the faint of heart, and park officials encourage guests to adhere to all hiking guidelines.
Limit hiking groups to 10 individuals or less, and stick to the predetermined paths if not camping overnight. Weather can shift dramatically on these mountain passes, so it is always important to stay current on weather forecasts as well as preparing for the inevitable storm or two. Canines are allowed to accompany guests on both overnight hikes as well as day trips.
They must stay on a leash eight feet or shorter, and adhere to the nationally recognized "Leave No Trace" guidelines. If you are looking to camp for the evening, there are several spaces available for reservation. A total of 78 sites exist, all of which come with electric and water hookups.
There is also horseback camping available complete with stalls, and group sites for six or more individuals. There are several restroom and shower facilities adjacent to these sites, but keep in mind that these are shut down during the offseason.
Because Grayson Highlands State Park primarily caters to cross-country backpackers, most areas just off of the hiking trails are available to pitch a tent and stay overnight without additional fees. Canines are allowed on off-trail campsites, as well as the organized campgrounds provided they stay restrained throughout their stay.
Bike rental is available at the Grayson Highlands State Park for those looking to check out the three miles of dedicated cyclocross trails. For more information on the trail and rental availability, make sure to check out the Virginia State Parks' website.