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Virginia: Grayson Highlands State Park
Posted on Thursday, September 01 @ 11:04:56 MST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails 829 Grayson Highland Lane,
Mouth of Wilson, Va. 24363
phone (276) 579-7092

General Information: The park is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a part of Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. While pets are allowed in the park, they are not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.

Location: 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.

Grayson Highlands State Park Camping

Total sites of each type: REWA: 43; RSTD: 32; HEWA: 23; HCOV: 38; HOPN: 29

Site type:

REWA - Electric and water sites; various equipment. Up to 40 feet. No horses in REWA.

RSTD - Standard campsites; no hookups; various equipment. Up to 40 feet. One tent site is handicap accessible. No horses allowed in RSTD.

HEWA - Stable area campsites; electric and water hookups; various equipment. Up to 40 feet.

HCOV- Covered stalls for horses; stable area; all are tie-in standing stalls; each is approximately 4' x 10'; park provides sawdust for stalls. Must have valid Coggins papers for each horse. You'll need to bring your own hay bag and water bucket.

HOPN- Open stalls for horses; some amenities in stalls, and valid Coggins papers required for each horse.

Total campsites: 165

  • All campsites are dirt/gravel with picnic tables and grills at each site. Maximum of six campers per site.
  • Most sites are wooded; one site is handicapped accessible near bathhouse
  • There are fire ring grills on gravel for tent sites and rectangular grills mounted on concrete for E and W sites; stable campground sites all have fire rings; all are available for campfires.
  • Firewood and ice are available at the park; recommend bringing a starter log and/or kindling.
  • Please deposit all trash in the dumpster as you exit the campground.
  • Grayson Highlands SP allows no more than two vehicles per campsite and the camping unit, but at times when guests are visiting, more than one is permissable if parked safely off the campground road.
  • Additional parking space is located in front of the restroom. Two vehicles per site. Each additional vehicle on the campsite will be charged the parking fee. Click here for park fees.
  • Guests can visit overnight campers but must leave the park by 10 p.m.; no one is to roam around the park campground after 10 p.m.

Note: Primitive camping is centralized in stable area campground March - April and in November; there are porta-johns only, and no water is available at that location. Drinking water is available at the park office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Group camping: Grayson Highlands has a new group camping area.

  • The park offers this group camping for up to 35 campers. Sites have no water or electrical hook-ups. No minimum number of campers to be considered a group.
  • A standard bathhouse is about 500 feet away, and water is available within 50 feet of the campground. Parking is available in the camp store lot or a lot across from the store - campers will have to walk between 20 and 40 yards to reach the camping area. Tents only are permitted.
  • The group camping area is between the amphitheater and the turn-off loop to the regular campground. The group area has five large tent pads, five picnic tables and three fire rings.
Size: 4,822 acres. Various elevation: Entrance - 3,698 feet; Visitor Center - 4,953 feet; Little Pinnacle - 5,089 feet.

Horse Rentals: None.

Trails: Hiking, bicycle trails (mountain bikes only), horse trails, self-guided trails

Bridle trails: More than two miles of bridle paths wander through the park. These paths also lead to bridle trails in Jefferson National Forest. Parking facilities for horse trailers and overnight stables are available at the park. The park does not provide horses for trail rides.

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