Grayson Highlands State Park is a great place to visit, either as a day trip or a camping trip. If you choose to camp, the family and group campgrounds are very nice. There is a camp store to buy snacks or anything you may have forgotten, flush toilets, and individual showers with massaging heads. Great after a long day of hiking! Most people who come here hike into Mount Rogers National Recreation Area along the Appalachian Trail. This is a good way to see the wild ponies.
Herds of wild ponies have been introduced to the alpine meadows of Grayson Highlands State Park and neighboring Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Their grazing helps keep the pastoral character of the mountain balds and act as a draw for tourists. You can usually find them along the AT up from Massie Gap through Mount Rogers NRA. They are very used to seeing humans and will not stop grazing if you pass on the trail. They may even come over to greet you and if you've been sweating, you may find one licking or nibbling your arm for the salt. Enjoy watching the ponies and taking pictures, but do not harass them or allow your pets to harass them in any way. And please don't feed them. Unfortunately, not everyone obeys this rule, so if they think you have food, they may act aggressively. I've seen them try to open backpacks and heard of them damaging tents and other equipment rummaging around looking for food. But if you act responsibly, they are wonderful to visit and not to be missed if you're in the park. And they keep vegetation low along the mountains so the views are spectacular.
And don't miss the trails that are within Grayson Highlands State Park. Most of these trails are only a mile or so. Cabin Creek Trail starts from Massie Gap parking lot and leads down to its namesake creek, with a pretty 25' waterfall. There are two trails that lead to the pinnacle on Haw Orchard Mountain. Big Pinnacle Trail, a strenuous half-mile climb, also starts at Massie Gap parking, and leads up to Big Pinnacle. An easier, but longer route is the Twin Pinnacles Trail that starts at the visitor center (you can drive up to here) and leads to Little and Big Pinnacle. Big Pinnacle is a great spot to watch the sunset from. Wilson Creek Trail starts across the street from the camp store at the family campground and leads along its namesake creek passing numerous cascades and small waterfalls.
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