Kim Hawks Photography | Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, VA
Created 14-Jun-15
51 photos

Grayson Highlands Park has the 3rd largest peak in VA; Little Pinnacle. Only Mt. Rogers and White Mountain, which are close by, are taller. I was drawn to travel here because is it one of the few eastern mountain ranges that offers a 360 degree panorama view of the sky. It's not a true Grass Bald, but is primarily covered with flowering shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. This area is home to wild ponies, waterfalls and ties into the Appalachian Trail. It has a short season for visitation; spring begins in mid May with Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum) blooming. June brings magenta flowers of Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense) followed by wild blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) in July. In mid-late August, glorious fall color arrives. By late September, cold temps return with snow possible in October. There's an annual summer music festival. Tent & RV camping sites. This is a remote area; there are no Walmarts, gas stations, or grocery stores anywhere close by, so come prepared & enjoy!
Little PinnacleAmazing Rock; Little PinnacleThe "garden" @ Little PinnacleLittle PinnacleLittle PinnacleLittle PinnacleLittle PinnacleLittle PinnacleView from Little Pinnacle; elevation 5,089 feetWalking through Pinnacle WoodsPinnacle WoodsView of Big Pinnacle from the Rhododendron TrailBig Pinnacle: Rhyolite,volcanic in origin, was used by Native Americans for tools.Big Pinnacle looking at the Rhododendron Trail (where wild ponies reside)View from Big PinnacleView of the Rhododendron Trail via Big PinnaclePinnacle WoodsEntering Rhododendron TrailRhododendron TrailRhododendron Trail

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:Grayson Highlands, mountains, wild ponies