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The following localities and communities are within the Mount Rogers Anchor Area
Locality: Washington Cities/Communities: Abingdon, Damascus, Glad Spring, Saltville
Locality: Smyth Cities/Communities: Marion, Chilhowie
Locality: Wythe Cities/Communities: Rural Retreat, Wytheville
Locality: Carroll Cities/Communities: Hillsville, Fancy Gap
Locality: Grayson Cities/Communities: Fries, Independence, Troutdale
Mount Rogers, whose summit stretches across the border of Grayson and Smyth Counties, is the highest natural point in Virginia with an elevation of 5,729 feet. The peak is the 19th highest state point in the United States and the fourth highest state point east of the Mississippi River.
The Mount Rogers area contains a unique record of the geo-history of Virginia and it is the only place in the Commonwealth that preserves evidence of ancient Proterozoic glaciation. There is evidence from the rocks that volcanoes were once part of the landscape. Roughly 750 million years ago, rift-related volcanoes eruped along the axis of what later became the Appalachians, and one remnant of that volcanic zone, complete with volcanic rocks, can still be seen at Mount Rogers
The summit of Mount Rogers can be reached via a nine-mile (round trip) hike starting from Grayson Highlands State Park. The hike follows the Appalachian Trail for most of the way and crosses into Jefferson National Forest.