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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

      4.6
      1.8 mi / 306 ft gain
      The wild horses gather on top of the bald at the end of Horse Trail North located in Grayson Highlands State Park. Because they are wild, it is important to remember not to touch or feed the horses. The horses are accustomed to hikers and will allow you in their near proximity, but bring a zoom l...
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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Mount Rogers Loop

      5.0
      15.6 mi / 1079 ft gain
      For an awesome 2-3 day trip, start hiking at the Massie Gap trailhead, which can be reached from Grayson Highlands State Park. Take the Rhododendron Trail up the ridge to connect with the AT, keeping an eye out for wild ponies in the Massie Gap area as they like to hang out here. Some of these po...
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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Backpack the Grayson Highlands

      4.8
      9.1 mi / 1549 ft gain
      Spanning roughly 4500 acres, located in a portion of Jefferson National Forest, looming under the highest peak in Virginia lies the Grayson Highlands. A part of Virginia’s State Parks system and a United States National Landmark, located in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Highlands are home to wil...
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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Mount Rogers via Appalachian Trail

      5.0
      9.1 mi / 1549 ft gain
      First of all, who doesn't love wild ponies!  There are tons of ponies here, and although they are wild, they are not afraid of people and you can get pretty close (just don't feed them!).   Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see a parking lot for Massie Gap a few miles in, par...
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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Photograph Sugarland Overlook

      Located just inside the park entrance of Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, Sugarland Overlook provides an outstanding easterly view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Sugarland Overlook is located about a mile up from the ranger station and is on the righthand side of the road....
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    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Stamper's Branch Trail

      3.37 mi / 781 ft gain
      Stamper's Branch Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
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    • Hot Springs, North Carolina

      Camp at Rich Mountain Fire Tower

      5.0
      Rich Mountain fire tower is located in the Cherokee National Forest just outside of Hot springs North Carolina. Getting there is pretty easy once you get off of US 25W you drive up a gravel road for about 5 miles until you get to the tower. Once you get to the top its about a 100 foot walk until ...
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    • Asheville, North Carolina

      Photograph Haw Creek Valley Overlook

      The Haw Creek Valley Overlook is only 8 miles from downtown Asheville. If you're in the downtown area, it's a rather easy place to zip on over to if you're in need of some time away from urban life. This overlook is a hot spot for sunset watching and picture taking. If you plan on seeing what th...
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    • Saltville, Virginia

      Hike the Great Channels

      4.8
      6 mi / 1200 ft gain
      Park at the parking lot at the crest of Clinch Mountain at Hayters Gap on Rt. 80, and walk along the road (Raven Ridge Road) behind the gate. The trail is fairly easy with minimum elevation gain and follows an old road bed almost the whole way. Be sure to keep to the left when the road splits and...
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    • 138 Silver Mine Road, North Carolina

      Hike the Lovers Leap Loop Trail

      5.0
      1.8 mi / 472 ft gain
      Lovers Leap Loop trail is a 1.8 mile loop in Hot Springs, NC. The address of the trailhead is 138 Silver Mine Rd, Hot Springs, NC 28743. Once you arrive at the parking lot, you will see a trail leading up into the mountain with a post next to it. This is where you want to begin. It is part of the...
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    • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

      Sawtooth Campground via Chestnut Knob Trail

      5.0
      6.18 mi / 1299 ft gain
      This 6.2-mile total trip will take you through the highlights of South Mountains State Park with an overnight stay in one of the drier campsites.  OPTIONAL: You can get a warm-up in by starting with a 2.5-mile loop to High Shoal Falls that you can do without packs before picking up with a 3-mile...
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    • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

      High Shoals Falls

      4.6
      2.47 mi / 617 ft gain
      From the Jacob Fork parking area in South Mountains State Park, it is a short 1 mile walk over the Jacob River to the High Shoals Waterfall (80'). If you choose to continue past the observation deck, High Shoals Falls Trail (blue circle) climbs up above the waterfall, crossing the river. Keep rig...
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    • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

      High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail

      4.83 mi / 1043 ft gain
      High Shoals Waterfall and H.Q. Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Connelly Springs, North Carolina.
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    • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

      Chestnut Knob via River Trail

      4.0
      5.9 mi / 1115 ft gain
      The journey begins at the Cicero Branch Parking Area along South Mountain Road, following Jacob Fork River Trail. The trail runs along the Fork before ascending Chestnut Knob. After completing the trail, you will find yourself on the highest peak of the South Mountain chain, where there are breat...
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    • Asheville, North Carolina

      Relax at Martin Luther King Jr Park

      The Martin Luther King Jr Park includes a large multi-purpose field as well as a playground that's great for kids. It's the perfect place to go solo to clear your head and chill with a book or with family and friends for an outdoor game.  Right at the entrance to the Park stands a statue of Mart...
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    • Hickory, North Carolina

      Geitner Rotary Park Loop

      5.0
      2.65 mi / 354 ft gain
      Geitner Rotary Park Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Hickory, North Carolina.
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