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Virginia’s Grayson Highlands Deserve a Huge Photo Essay

The power of pictures should never be underestimated.

It’s true that photos say more than words, as this huge photo essay will prove. Even the best prose can never convey the sheer magnificence of the landscapes in Virginia’s Grayson Highlands. Pictures can.

Just scroll down and you’ll see.

Last weekend, Caroline and I spent three days hiking and camping in Grayson Highlands State Park and neighboring Mount Roger National Recreational Area, both located in the Grayson Highlands region. It was fantastic. So far, I’ve hiked in only one place that’s more beautiful and memorable than this—the Hadrian’s Wall Path in northern England.

Grayson Highlands is a very close second, though. The hike from Massie Gap to the summit of Mount Rogers, the highest mountain in Virginia, for example, is easily the best day hike I’ve ever done. By far. It’s phenomenal. From mountain meadows to boulder-strewn knobs and from broadleaf to boreal forests, Grayson Highlands has an amazing variety in landscapes and biotopes. This varied scenery makes hiking in Grayson Highlands so exceptionally rewarding.

There are bubbling trout streams, waterfalls, lush forests, open fields and panoramic mountain summits. The main attraction in Grayson Highlands, however, is its (semi-)wild ponies.

I will write another, more detailed blog post about Virginia’s Grayson Highlands in the next couple of weeks. For now, however, let’s begin with this huge photo essay.

50 Photos of Virginia's Grayson Highlands, including Grayson Highlands State Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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Just for the record, Virginia’s Grayson Highlands is a region in southern Virginia home to both Grayson Highlands State Park and the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Particularly Grayson Highlands State Park is so spectacular that it can easily compete with most American national parks.

50 Photos of Virginia’s Grayson Highlands

It’s impossible to exaggerate the beauty of Virginia’s Grayson Highlands.

I was (and still am) completely blown away by those landscapes. They’re some of the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to back and do some more hiking and camping.

Have you ever been to Virginia’s Grayson Highlands State Park or the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area?

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