Mount Rogers is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the United States and for good reason. We will get into that shortly, however, we will first give you a little information about this outstanding place. Mount Rogers is located in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range of southwestern Virginia and is in fact the highest point in the entire state, with its summit being 5,729 feet (a little over a mile) above sea level.
Obviously by being at that altitude it has lower average temperatures than other areas of the state. During the main hiking season from June to August temperatures usually run from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, dropping to 30 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit during the nights.
In the winter Mount Rogers receives moderate amounts of snowfall and sometimes can even experience very dangerous wind chills. This however does not dissuade die-hard hikers from climbing and hiking it. The snowy season usually starts in September and sometimes runs all the way into May. During these times you can expect temperatures below freezing in the 15 to 25 degree Fahrenheit range. Make note of this so you can dress accordingly.
Now as far as directions to Mount Rogers. The best way is to take Interstate 81. You will take 81 until you hit exit 45 (Marion) and proceed southbound. You will then drive approximately 33 miles or so until you hit US 58 at Volney. You will then turn right (westbound) and go for around 8 miles at which point you will turn right and that will take you into the Grayson Highlands State Park.
Should you decide you would rather take Interstate 77, you would then take Exit 14 (Hillsville) to US 58. You would then proceed westbound for 40 miles until you hit Volney, at which point you will turn left, staying on US 58 for 8 miles which will take you right into the park entrance.
Now on to the fun part. Things to do and why you should consider Mount Rogers as part of your vacation plans:
Camping. There are a total of 96 campsites available. They range from electric and water sites with various equipment to standard with no hookups to even horse related campsites for those who are looking to saddle up while visiting. There are even group camping options and bunkhouses too.
The Trails. The park has more than two miles of bridle paths for getting your ride on. But do be advised, the camp does not have horses for the trail rides. There are a total of nine different trails in which to hike and each of these are around a mile in length. For those wishing to bike, there are several bike rental places at the park. However, if you choose to bring your own bike do make sure it is a mountain bike.
Backpacking, Wildlife, Fishing, Boating, Canoeing, Even Hunting Opportunities. Say what? Yes, even though the primary attraction is trekking around Mount Rogers, there is also a wide array of other activities available. And this comes in handy, especially if you are traveling as a family. Maybe not everyone might be as crazy about hiking Mount Rogers and may want to do something else for fun and entertainment.