Top Adventures in Mouth of Wilson

  • Backpack the Grayson Highlands

    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 ...

    10 miles 1080 ft gain

  • 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...

  • Hike to Twin Pinnacles

    Park at the Visitor Center; don't stress when you get to the parking lot and can't see it, it's up the hill. From the parking lot hike across the road and find the staircase. Follow this up to the Visitor Center. If you're standing in front of the...

    1.6 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Rogers

    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 ...

    8 miles 1080 ft gain

  • Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

    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 all...

    1.8 miles 306 ft gain

  • Hike Rhododendron Trail

    In order to go when the Rhododendron are blooming you'll need to aim for the first three weeks of June. Starting from the Massies Gap parking area in the Grayson Highlands State Park, follow the trail through the field and towards the base of a la...

    2.5 miles 1020 ft gain

  • Hike and Fish Cabin Creek Trail

    Starting at the Massie Gap Parking Area follow the paved road down towards the woods. You will see a gravel dirt path off the side of the road to your right that heads back towards the woods. A couple steps down the trail you will see a metal pole...

    1.8 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike Wilburn Ridge

    To reach the trail head, park in the Massie Gap Parking Lot.  This is the parking lot for most of the trails in the park, so it can fill up very quickly, but you are able to park along the side of the road.  Massie Gap as two parking areas: one in...

    2 miles 650 ft gain

  • Hike Twin Pinnacles Via Big Pinnacles Trail

    To reach the Big Pinnacle Trail Head, park at the Massie Gap Day Parking area, and then follow the road west (away from Massie Gap) until you reach the trail head located on the left side of the road.  Follow the Big Pinnacles Trail for 0.4 miles ...

    2.4 miles 700 ft gain

  • Backpack the Mount Rogers Loop

    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 ar...

    15.6 miles 1079 ft gain

  • Hike the Appalachian Trail from Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

    Starting at the Elk Garden Parking Area hike the Appalachian Trail south (do not cross the road, follow the trail from the parking area). Hike along the trail following the white blazes and at 2.4 miles you'll reach a campsite on your left. This i...

    6.6 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Summit Three Top Mountain

    Three Top Mountain sits within the same vicinity as Snake Mountain (see the adventure here) and Elk Knob. The mountain gets its name from its three prominent rock projections at its peak. The highest point, unofficially named “Big Rock”, is at an ...

    5 miles 1440 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      Old Virginia Group Horse Camp

      Overview Old Virginia Group Horse Camp provides group equestrian camping just minutes from a large network of horse trails in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Old Virginia is a secluded,...

    • Troutdale, Virginia

      Fox Creek Horse Camp

      Overview Fox Creek Horse Camp is a premiere destination for riding enthusiasts who are looking for the rare opportunity to ride from their campsite onto hundreds of miles of trails in the spectacul...

    • 1946 Laurel Valley Road

      Grindstone

      Overview Grindstone Campground is tucked in the Fairwood Valley among pastures and wooded hillsides. The surrounding Mount Rogers National Recreation Area provides endless opportunities for fun and...

    • Sugar Grove, Virginia

      Hurricane Campground

      Overview Hurricane Campground is one of the best kept secrets in southwest Virginia. Located along a rushing mountain stream under the shade of hemlock and rhododendron, this campground offers a pe...

    • Sugar Grove, Virginia

      Raccoon Branch Campground

      Overview Raccoon Branch Campground, nestled at the base of Dickey Knob, offers scenic mountain views, hiking trail access from campsites and cool mountain streams. Campers can access Dickey Creek a...

    • Damascus, Virginia

      Beartree

      Overview Beartree offers a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere and a variety of recreational activities. Located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the campground boasts a sprawling lay...

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