What to do in Grayson Highlands State Park

Many people refer to this park as Virginia's most beautiful. The park is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area that is part of Jefferson National Forest.

Grayson Highlands is located near Virginia's highest point of 5,000 feet. This is a fabulous park for sight seeing. For those with horses, special campsites are set aside along with stables for the animals. This park hosts the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival annually and Fall Festival. Wild ponies graze in the mountain meadows and annually there is a pony round up and auction.

Recreation
The park offers a visitor center, picnicking, hiking trails, horse trails, mountain bike trails, full hookup campsites, hunting, concession, interpretive programs and shelters. This park is excellent for cross-country skiing and winter camping.

Mt. Rogers Recreation Area and Jefferson-Washington National Forest adjoin Grayson Highlands State Park to the north. Camping reservations in Jefferson-Washington National Forest are available by calling 1-800-280-2267. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 33.4 mile multi-use trail beginning in Whitetop, Virginia, approximately 10 miles from the park. The trail ends in Abingdon, Virginia. It is very popular with mountain bikers. Many festivals take place throughout the year, beginning in March and ending in October. Ramp, Molasses, Maple, Fiddlers, Bluegrass and Fall Harvest festivals are the biggest attractions. Call the Grayson County Tourist Information Center at (540) 773-3711 for more information.

Location
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.

Climate
Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Address
829 Grayson Highland Lane
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

Phone: 276-579-7092

Email: pco@dcr.state.va.us
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