Grayson County, VA
Friday, October 8th, 2010
The Full set of Photos are posted here:
For years Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia has been on my list of places to visit. The problem is that it is a bit too far for a day trip and it is not really near or on the way to anything!
However, it is not "that far" out of the way when travelling to Blacksburg, VA.
This weekend we had purchased tickets to Saturday's Virginia Tech Football game, and booked a weekend stay at a Bed and Breakfast. We decided to take Friday off from work and finally make a visit to Grayson Highlands State Park on the way to Blacksburg.
The Highlands and adjacent Mount Rogers Recreation Area encompass some of the highest peaks in the state of Virginia and contain hundreds of miles of hiking trails. I had hoped that we would hit the area with some peak Fall color, but what I really wanted to see was the wild ponies.
The Rhododendron Trailhead at Massie Gap
The trail almost immediately starts gaining elevation, but the climb is gentle enough to still be classified as "Amy Approved". We went about a mile across some spectacular landscape before encountering our first group of wild ponies.
I knew that we are not suppose to really approach the ponies, so I started snapping some photos from a distance. Before long, the ponies decided to approach us. It was soon obvious that these guys were completely unafraid of us and wanted some attention (or more likely some food).
Amy with a Pony
Jack and Amy with a Pony
Amy getting a Closer LookA few minutes later, we encountered a second group of ponies and gave them a bit of attention as well before continuing on. We had probably hiked about 2 miles before we decided it was about time to turn back.
Jack and Amy at Grayson Highlands
It was a beautiful day and an awesome start to our weekend getaway!
The full set of photos from Grayson Highlands is located here: