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Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson

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Grayson Highlands State Park is a state park located in Grayson County, Virginia, United States. It is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and lies within the Jefferson National Forest. The park was established in 1965 and contains a total of 4,502 acres (1,822 ha). The park hosts a number of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountainbiking, horseback riding, and backpacking. A 2.8 mile (4.5 km) portion of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park in addition to a number of other hiking and horseback riding trails. The state park is musically notable as the home for the Grayson Highlands Fall Festival as well as weekly jam sessions by local folk musicians, who draw upon the traditional styles of the Blue Ridge area. The park is also home to the Wayne C. Henderson Festival and Guitar Competition, a regionally important festival and guitarist contest named for local notable guitar-maker Wayne Henderson.

The park also has a campground cabin store with candies and ice cream inside.

The park hosts forests like those on nearby Mount Rogers, as well as a number of mountain meadows or balds. These meadows provide excellent views of the surrounding area and present a striking change in scenery from the surrounding forests. The balds are dominated by large rocky outcroppings clear of vegetation excepting the occasional windswept tree and low grasses.

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  • The visitor center and country store were closed. The roads were clear but it had definitely snowed and temperatures were threatening to remain below freezing. Was this really necessary? Yes, and.....  more
    The visitor center and country store were closed. The roads were clear but it had definitely snowed and temperatures were threatening to remain below freezing. Was this really necessary? Yes, and.....  more »
  • Totally worth the $7 admission. Easy hike to see the wild ponies. We are planning to go back in the spring and hopefully see baby ponies. 
    Totally worth the $7 admission. Easy hike to see the wild ponies. We are planning to go back in the spring and hopefully see baby ponies.  more »
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  • Hiked up to see the wild horses and we found them!! So cute and small like ponies! They came right to us....pushed my friend out of the way as one was trying to walk down the path!! The hike was invigorating with beautiful landscapes and views! We had a gorgeous day for a hike. Great for families, even with small children as we saw many on our hike.
  • We had lots of fun at the Highlands Festival. Plenty of vendors with their homemade crafts. Great food (barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs). They had homemade molasses, apple butter, and cider. My favorite was hobo pies. Live music was all day long. Then we drove about 5 minutes to see the wild ponies and the wonderful views. Highly recommend for a fun day especially for the kids.

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