The Best Day Hikes in America: Mt. Rogers via Massie Gap

Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia

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When fog catches in the treetops on Virginia’s high point, damn if it doesn’t look like the Scottish Highlands. But come fall, when the slopes blaze with orange, the foliage should tip you off: This is Old Dominion. Connect the Rhododendron, Appalachian, and Wilburn Ridge Trails past a roving herd of feral ponies to the summit spur.

Distance 8.5 miles (out and back) Trailhead 36.633218, -81.508541 Drive time 2:16 from Roanoke Season March to November Contact