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Sep 24, 2014 - Hikes in Grayson Highlands SP

Wednesday, September 24th - Grayson Highlands State Park Route: Visitor Center -> Twin Pinnacles Trail -> Cabin Creek Trail -> Listening Rock Trail -> Rock House Picnic Parking -> Rock House Ridge Trail -> Campsite #14 Hikes: Twin Pinnacles Trail - This 1.6 mile self-guiding loop trail ascends from 4953ft at the Visitor Center to Little Pinnacle at 5089ft. After that it is a typical Appalachian rocks-and-roots trail with small elevation ascents and descents until the junction with Big Pinnacle Trail. From this junction the trail is .4...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Hiking to Mt. Rogers - highest mountain in Virginia

Tuesday, September 23rd -- Grayson Highlands State Park Route: out and back from Massie Gap Parking Area -> Rhododendron Trail -> Appalachian Trail (south) -> Mt. Rogers Spur Trail Hikes:. Rhododendron Trail - marked by blue blazes, this is a .5-mile trail from the Massie Gap Parking Area to the intersection of several trails, including the Appalachian Trail, the Horse Trail North, the Rhododendron Gap Trail and the Crest Trail. It is an easy assent to a meadow where ponies might be grazing. Appalachian Trail - Approximately 2 miles of...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Driving to Grayson Highlands SP

Monday, September 22nd -- Driving to Grayson Highlands State Park Route: I-79S - US-19S - I-77S - I-81S - VA-16S - US-58W -> Wilderness Road Highlights: - no traffic - no construction delays - no rain at our destination - finding a suitable campsite Amazingly, we pulled out of our driveway at 9:15 this morning -- only 15 minutes later than we had planned to leave. Rush hour traffic was mostly dissipated by then. The GPS estimated our arrival time to be 16:30, and we added an extra hour for stops. Our first bio break was at I-79's...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Daniel Boone

Recently I have become more interested in history, now that I am somewhat of a relic myself. This trip gave me a better appreciation for the pioneers and explorers who had the fortitude and strength of spirit to settle the wild lands in America. Although Daniel Boone was not necessarily the first or only frontiersman to open up pathways to the west, he has become a symbol of all the Americans who did. By travelling from Pennsylvania to Virginia and then to Kentucky we unintentionally followed the history of three generations of the Boone...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Short Hikes at Grayson

Sunday morning, we woke up and broke camp, but wanted to get in a few hikes before driving back home. From the campsite, we headed to the Wilson Creek Trail, which starts just across the street from the group campsite and the camp store. The trail begins with a moderately steep climb down to Wilson Creek and follows the creek upstream. Although the foliage was thick with rhododendron and other plants, we were able to find a few nice places to climb out onto the rocks and enjoy the view of the stream tumbling over rocks and boulders....

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Jun 9, 2012 - Mount Rogers Hike

After breakfast, we got ready for our hike to Mount Rogers. We carpooled from the campsite to Massie Gap and started hiking just after 9. We followed the Rhododendron Trail up from Massie Gap to meet up with the AT and followed this trail southbound to the border of the state park. At the gate, we saw the only wild ponies of the trip - a small herd of about six. Of course, we had to stop and greet the ponies and get some pictures, then continued on into Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. We continued along the AT across Wilburn Ridge...

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Jun 8, 2012 - Grayson Highlands

This weekend, Sandy and I headed to Grayson Highlands for a weekend of camping, hiking, and fun in the Virginia Mountains. We left Friday in the late morning and stopped in Sparta for lunch, arriving at the park just before 3. We checked in and set up camp at the group site and while waiting for the others to arrive, we did a short hike. We parked at the Massie Gap parking area and headed down to the Cabin Creek Trail. We spotted some beautiful flame azaleas headed down the trail. At the junction, we forked to the right and headed down to...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Day Hike to Grayson Highlands

We went to Grayson Higlands in Virginia to scout for rhododendron and hike. We parked at Massey's Gap and hiked up to the Appalachian Trail. There were many wild ponies along the trail, including several babies and a pregnant female. We hiked the AT into Mount Rogers National Recreation Area up to Wilburn Ridge along to Rhododendron Gap. The rhododendron were blooming and the trails were beautiful. Then we hiked up to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia, then followed the trail back. See my website for more photos and...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Mentor to many

The 15th Annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival - Saturday, June 20 This is a tough page to write. I’m writing it on Sunday, the day after the festival, and I’m still kind of in a daze. Yesterday was one of the best days we’ve had in our four years of travel. It’s a day we will remember, and we’ll spend many hours thinking about it in the weeks and months to come. It’s still too soon to get my mind around all we saw and heard yesterday, but it can’t hurt to try. Every day we’re on the road, every mile we travel, our knowledge of this...

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2009 Spring 2 Fall

Jun 19, 2009 - Following the music

Heading west on the Crooked Road - Friday, June 19 After two days spent on the slopes of a rain soaked campground in Carrollwood, it was time to head back to the Blue Ridge Music Center and then move on to Grayson County tonight. Guitarist Wayne Henderson was holding a mountain music jam session at the Music Center in the afternoon, and tomorrow he is holding his annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival at Grayson Highlands State Park. We want to attend both, so we headed out Highway 58, The Crooked Road at noon. I had seen an ad for...

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2009 Spring 2 Fall



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