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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  • Great park. Tons of trails. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved seeing the wild ponies. Definitely will come back! 
    Great park. Tons of trails. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved seeing the wild ponies. Definitely will come back!  more »
  • We enjoyed hiking around in Grayson Highlands State Park. We took our dog on the Cabin Creek Trail, which is simply stunning. Be careful if it's been raining, as the trail can be slippery near the... 
    We enjoyed hiking around in Grayson Highlands State Park. We took our dog on the Cabin Creek Trail, which is simply stunning. Be careful if it's been raining, as the trail can be slippery near the...  more »
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  • Park and surrounding area was beautiful as always. For those that have never been to the Fall Festival held there in September, you're missing a treat. Wonderful folks and an opportunity to buy hand made crafts and foods. The molasses making is well worth the trip and the park is just starting to come into the fall colors. This is truly God's country.
  • What a special place!! I went the second week in August and the weather was perfect. I did the hike up to rogers mountain, 4 miles each way. It was one of the best hikes I have ever done. I also bathed in cabin creek. The campsites were nice, not very private. Clean bathrooms. I would go back and do more hikes here. Highly recommend.

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