Would you like to experience/photograph some of the best scenery Virginia has to offer? How about photographing feral ponies? Well you can.
The Grayson Highlands offers both. Perhaps some of the best mountain scenery in the state of Virginia, due to the stunted growth of the vegetation. No other area in the Commonwealth offers the views that can be found here. Hopefully, we will get lucky, and get close to the feral ponies as well. For those attending, we will park in Massie's Gap parking area, walk up the spur trail[masked]miles) leading to the Appalachian Trail. The spur trail will place you inside the "fence" perimeter and this is a great area to get close to the herd. Some of you may want to walk further up the AT and view more of the scenery, the views only get better the further up the AT, you walk
Please bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes/boots (the further up the Appalachian Trail you walk, the rockier it gets), a jacket (Temperatures can run at least 5-10 degrees cooler than in the valley, and you will be on a exposed ridge for much of the day), and a snack. The park charges $3 per vehicle to gain access to the park.
Directions for those who live south of Roanoke and wish to meet us at GHSP. Interstate 81 south to Exit 45. Take Exit 45, make a left onto Rt 16. Travel approx 33 miles, then make a right on to US Rt 58 West. After making a right onto US 58, travel approx 7.5 miles and the park will be on your right. After entering the park, drive to Massies Gap Parking (several parking spaces along the main road within the park). Those of us who leave from Roanoke, should be there around 10-10:30am
In the interest of SAFETY; Due to the elevation of the area, 4500+ feet, I will check the weather Thursday evening and make a final determination, by 9pm, as to whether or not this trip is a go. The weather in that area easily changes from day to day, and can be difficult to predict this far out. My goal is for all of us to have a good time. Look forward to see each and everyone of you