Grayson Highlands State Park: A SWVA Gem
Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County, Virginia is one of my favorite parks to visit. Grayson Highlands has everything from hiking trails, scenic views, wild ponies, and seasonal events. Needless to say, there is a lot to do at this park. I want to break my experiences at Grayson Highlands down to a few categories for those of you looking for a new place to visit.
Perhaps my favorite part about Grayson Highlands is the vast amount of scenic views it has to offer. Once atop one of the peaks, seeing for miles is an understatement. Some peaks provide a full 360 degree view of the stunning landscape around you. It’s a surreal feeling to just sit back and soak in what your eyes are seeing. I enjoy climbing atop some rocks and taking time to relax while taking in everything around me.
If hiking is your luxury, you’re in luck. Grayson Highlands is full of hiking trails to which the majority are family friendly and easy to hike. The trails split off in all directions and will lead you to a number of areas of interest. Rather you are looking for wide open spaces, wild ponies, scenic views, or even a slight workout, there is a trail for any desire. Parking areas are plentiful, however during peak season you may want to arrive early to secure a good spot. I recommend traveling with friends to cut down on vehicles for the best parking experience.
Most trails have resting areas with benches as well as maps to keep you going in the right direction. Most of the year, especially during peak seasons, you’ll encounter many other hikers. Everyone is friendly and wouldn’t mind giving you some insight should you have any questions. You may even make some new friends along the way!
The infamous wild ponies are one of the biggest draws to Grayson Highlands State Park. There are some trails specifically labeled if you’re looking for the ponies, however many times they can be found wandering almost anywhere around the grounds. Although the ponies are friendly, it is asked to help keep the wildlife wild and not feed or pet the ponies.
Pets are also seen walking the trails quite frequently, it’s important to make sure you keep your pets on a leash for the safety of your pet and the wildlife.
Aside from the ponies, you might also see birds, bears, squirrels, and other animals roaming around in their natural habitats.
If you should wish to visit Grayson Highlands State Park for yourself, visit the Virginia State parks website link HERE for more information & directions to the park.