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A beautiful spring time walk when the mountain laurel and rhododendrons are blooming. The large rocks in the area add to the trail's interest.

This easy to moderate blue-blazed trail is a 1.2-mile loop that passes through a variety of hardwoods, rhododendrons, mountain laurels and a field abundant in wildflowers and blackberries. The trail is named for a huge boulder located near the trailhead. Legend is that Cherokee Indians frequented the area around this boulder. Elevation ranges from 3,850 to 3,900 feet.

Directions: From Damascus or Independence, VA, The park is located on U.S. 58 midway between Damascus and Independence, Virginia. From I-81 take Exit 45 in Marion, head south on RT. 16 to U.S. 58 which runs through Volney, Virginia. Turn right onto U.S. 58 and travel approximately eight miles to the park entrance. From I-77, take Exit 14 to U.S. 58 West and travel approximately 40 miles to Volney, Virginia. Continue west on U.S. 58 for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance. Travel main park road to first right. Park in the picnic parking area. Trail begins in this location.

Elevation: 3,920 feet

Elevation Gain: 180 feet

Distance: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia

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