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Grayson Highlands State Park

Grayson Highlands TRACK Trail map

Grayson Highlands State Park’s TRACK Trail adventures were designed for use on the Stampers Branch Trail, but the self-guided brochures can be used on any of the park’s trails.  

Grayson Highlands State Park is a 4822-acre mountain park next to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. The park is well-known for being home to a herd of wild ponies. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. Pets are allowed in the park but not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.

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Grayson Highlands TRACK Trail sticker

Location Details

Recreational Features: Camping, Picnic Tables, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality:
Log cabin on rolling hillside surrounded by trees in early fall
Mountain top view of grayson highlands
ribbon cutting at grayson highlands
green field surrounded by trees and hills
woman leaning on a large tree with a large knot
split rail fence in the foreground and rolling misty mountains in the background
small waterfall
wooded trail in the fall

Adventures for Grayson Highlands State Park

Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to frog hops, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Grayson Highlands: Music brochure
Hiking

Grayson Highlands: Music

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
In our Music from the Mountains adventure, kids will discover how different trees found along the trail are used to make traditional Appalachian musical instruments. Kids will be introduced to the different parts of stringed instruments and learn why certain types of wood were used to make those parts.
Grayson Highlands: Need For Trees brochure
Hiking

Grayson Highlands: Need For Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found in Grayson Highlands State Park. During your adventure, you will learn about the need that humans and other animals have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.

Directions

829 Grayson Highland Lane
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
Latitude: 36.621248900000
Longitude: -81.484484500000

The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park's entrance.

From I-77, take Hillsville Exit 14 to U.S. 58. Travel west on U.S. 58, 40 miles to Volney. Turn left to stay on U.S. 58 and go eight miles to the park entrance.

Partners

 

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

This Grayson Highlands State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with Virginia State Parks.