Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

    4.5
    1.8 miles 306 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Merritt McKinney

    Grayson Highlands State Park hosts a band of wild horses within an easy mile from the Massy Gap parking lot. Bring a zoom lens with your camera to capture these incredible creatures in their natural habitat!

    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 lens and keep a reasonable distance from the horses while photographing and observing. 

    Park in the Massy Gap Parking Lot and set off towards the wooden gate. Follow Horse Trail North for a half mile until it forks with Rhododendron Trail. Continue left along Horse Trail North for less than a half mile until you encounter an open field and the wild horses. The trail is wide and well-maintained allowing for hikers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy.

    For photography, I'd advise bringing a 75mm or longer in order to keep a reasonable distance from the horses. I personally used a 75mm and a 55-200mm.  

    Read More
    Chillin
    Photography
    Hiking
    Bathrooms
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Forest
    Groups
    Picnic Area
    Romantic
    Scenic
    Wildflowers
    Wildlife

    Go Pro.

    We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

    Learn More

    Reviews

    Rate this Adventure

    Fun little outing!

    This is a great family-friendly activity. Been a few times and each is just as enjoyable as the last. I'll echo the author, bring a telephoto and keep a reasonable distance. They are indeed wild, and other than trying to keep them that way, I've also seen them bite/kick. Don't be that guy/gal who limps out of there!

    awesome hike

    This hike was one of my favorites. Every where you looked you had a view, the wild ponies were so friendly.

    Grayson Highlands State Park

    I have family that live close and this was always a favorite memory of mine growing up and coming here to see the horses and hike. So much to take in and enjoy every where you look. The weather changes constantly, so it's always better to be well prepared for any circumstance. Otherwise, explore because there is so much to be found.

    Explorer

    ūü•áTop Contributor

    about 3 years ago

    Pretty fun.

    These wild guys are easy-going. One of them walked up to me while I was on the trail. Some do get a bit nervous if you walk or stand behind them. They make funny sounds and warn you. While I was there, they spend most of their time grazing, so most of the photos I got were of them eating haha. Speaking of, please refrain from feeding these ponies! Let's keep the wild in these wild ponies and also consider their health.

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

    Stay Nearby

    1946 Laurel Valley Road

    Grindstone

    Troutdale, Virginia

    Fox Creek Horse Camp

    Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Old Virginia Group Horse Camp

    Sugar Grove, Virginia

    Hurricane Campground

    Nearby Adventures

    Hike Rhododendron Trail

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 1020 ft gain

    Hike and Fish Cabin Creek Trail

    5.0
    1.8 mi / 400 ft gain

    Hike Wilburn Ridge

    5.0
    2 mi / 650 ft gain

    Hike Twin Pinnacles Via Big Pinnacles Trail

    2.4 mi / 700 ft gain
    More Nearby Adventures