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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
MOUNT ROGERS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
MOUNT ROGERS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

The NRA consists of three distinct regions:

WEST END

The West End of the Mount Rogers NRA includes the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, outstanding trout fishing in Whitetop Laurel, and picturesque Beartree Lake. The NRA's largest campground, Beartree, is a great family campground and close to all west end activities. Damascus, the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail, is a trail hub as four major trails go through the town: Virginia Creeper, Appalachian Trail, Iron Mountain, and Daniel Boone Heritage Trail.

EAST END

Are you looking for solitude? The family campgrounds at Comers Rock and Raven Cliff are lightly used and have several nice trails nearby. The Comers Rock Overlook has outstanding views and the Raven Cliff Furnace Trail takes you to a fascinating iron ore furnace from the early 1800's. Looking for something more developed? Two rental cabins with outstanding views are located on the East End. The East End also has several horse trails and horse camps for the equestrian. Hussy Mountain and Collins Cove Horse Camps provide camping areas close to the famous Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.

HIGH COUNTRY

The heart of the NRA, the high country contains over 25,000 acres of the highest lands in Virginia. The Mount Rogers NRA manages approximately 20,000 acres of the high country and 5,000 acres are managed by Grayson Highlands State Park. The high country consists of the following areas:

LEWIS FORK WILDERNESS & LITTLE WILSON CREEK WILDERNESS

Combined, these two federally designated wildernesses total about 10,000 acres of primitive backcountry. These two areas are forested in northern hardwoods with red spruce and Fraser Fir at the highest elevations.

CREST ZONE

The open areas on Brier Ridge, Cabin Ridge, Wilburn Ridge, Stone Mountain, and Pine Mountain are commonly called the Crest Zone and total about 2,000 acres. Views are spectacular, with rocky ridges and grassy areas. The area was once heavily forested, but over logging by private companies during the early 1900's, and wildfire created the balds. Grazing by domestic livestock kept them open. The USDA Forest Service acquired the property during the 1960's. Today the balds are kept open through prescribed burning and regulated cattle grazing by private farmers who lease grazing rights. Ponies- Two herds of free-roaming ponies make their home in the high country. A private association manages them. One herd is in Grayson Highlands State Park, and the other lives within the Crest Zone of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Enjoy the ponies, but do not feed them or harass them. In the fall, some of the ponies are auctioned at the Grayson Highlands State Park Fall Festival to manage the population.

TRAILS

There are over 400 miles of designated trails on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Trails range from primitive single-track to old logging roads and railroad grades. Some are for foot only, others allow horse and/or bicycle use. Plan your trip carefully if you are looking for solitude. Trails in the high country as well as the Virginia Creeper and Appalachian Trail are popular destinations, particularly on weekends. Please be sure you use only those trails open to your particular type of travel. Please note that trails within wildernesses are always primitive with few or no signs or blazes and may be difficult to follow in places. Before heading into wilderness, you should be competent with both map and compass. Any type of motorized or wheeled vehicles (including bicycles and any type of wheeled cart) is prohibited in wilderness, but horses are allowed on designated trails.


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Triple E Riding Stables - Glade Valley, NCHorseback Riding
Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, valley views along Bull Head Mountain, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Also offering overnight camping trips with breakfast prepared the next morning. Call for reservations.
Web Site: 3estable.com/
19.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 4 Happy camping by Gman
We camped hear late April 2009. We stayed at the Grindstone campground. The staff was great and the site was beautiful and secluded. The bath house was clean, but the fixtures were a little old. I would recommend this campground to anyone in need of a quite place to stay. The campgroud has a wadding area fed by a creek, a play area for kids and plenty of trails. It was close to the the Creeper trail the reason we went up.


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Rural Retreat Fishnig Lake
250 Lake Rd
Rural Retreat, VA
(276) 686-4331


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Oakley Ridge Farm - North Wilkesboro, NCCottages and Cabins
Perfectly situated atop of the Little Brushy Mountains sorrounded by vistas of lovely green pastures, the Great Escape is a retreat unlike many others. The peae and serenity is unlike no other and it gives you that chance to unwind and relax.
Web Site: wilkesborovacationrental.info
40.2 miles from park*
Pilot Knob Inn - Pinnacle, NCBBs / Inns
Designed with Romance In Mind for your Perfect Romantic Getaway for you your Sweetheart. We are nestled in a wooded landscape, our individual log cabins are designed to provide you with the rustic charm of yesteryear along with the comforts we enjoy today. A six acre lake in walking distance from all cabins suites.
Web Site: pilotknobinn.com/
58 miles from park*
Bounds Properties - Sherrills Ford, NCCottages and Cabins
3.5 acres with over 200 feet of waterfront, Tuscan style Brand new home. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, Screen porch overlooking Lake, Deep Water with dock, Plenty of Parking. Paddle Boat included. Linens Included.
Web Site: vrbo.com/454862
83.3 miles from park*
Hemlock Haven Cabins - Hico, WVCottages and Cabins
We are luxury, dog friendly cabins located in Fayette County minutes from the New and Gauley Rivers. Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, complete kitchens, washer and dryers, gas fireplaces, an outdoor 6-person hot tubs, gas grill, and a private fenced yard with a fire ring and benches.
Web Site: hemlockhavenwv.com
94.6 miles from park*
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