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Mt.Roger's National Recreation Area - Virginia

A day hike to the summit of Mt. Roger's Virginia. Mt. Rogers is Virginia's highest point at 5729'. The prettiest route (4-5 hrs roundtrip) to the summit is gained through the Massey Gap access point in Grayson Highlands State Park. For more pictures of SW Virginia, take a look here .

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My Niece Becky and husband Gary at Massey Gap.  Mt. Rogers lies just behind the mountains in the background.
My Niece Becky and husband Gary at Massey Gap. Mt. Rogers lies just behind the mountains in the background.
The Hike to Mt.Rogers conjures up thoughts of Montana  with wide open skies and big rock outcroppings.
The Hike to Mt.Rogers conjures up thoughts of Montana with wide open skies and big rock outcroppings.
Along the AT towards Mt. Rogers.  Note the white blaze designating the AT.
Along the AT towards Mt. Rogers. Note the white blaze designating the AT.
A wild and rocky wilderness, severe weather changes can happen at any time.
A wild and rocky wilderness, severe weather changes can happen at any time.
A narrow pathway threads its way up the mountainside.  Much of the hike to Mt.Rogers is on a similar rocky surface
A narrow pathway threads its way up the mountainside. Much of the hike to Mt.Rogers is on a similar rocky surface
Hikers survey Grayson Highlands State Park from the Appalachian Trail
Hikers survey Grayson Highlands State Park from the Appalachian Trail
AT ThruHikers (GA-ME) near the 500 mile point. Just 1600+ miles to go before they summit Mt. Katahdin, ME !
AT ThruHikers (GA-ME) near the 500 mile point. Just 1600+ miles to go before they summit Mt. Katahdin, ME !
The AT takes a side trail around Wilburn's Ridge and passes through Fat Man's Squeeze
The AT takes a side trail around Wilburn's Ridge and passes through "Fat Man's Squeeze"
Lots of nice places to take a break on the way to the summit.
Lots of nice places to take a break on the way to the summit.
Smilin' Kate Martin -  hey, this mountain climbing stuff is a snap!
"Smilin' Kate Martin" - "hey, this mountain climbing stuff is a snap!"
A very curious and friendly deer approaches hikers.  Looking for a handout, perhaps?
A very curious and friendly deer approaches hikers. Looking for a handout, perhaps?
Heading Northbound on the AT towards Thomas Knob Shelter. A 2 story shelter with a solar privy! Life is good.
Heading Northbound on the AT towards Thomas Knob Shelter. A 2 story shelter with a solar privy! Life is good.
Pooch:  I don't know about you, but I'm staying here!
Pooch: "I don't know about you, but I'm staying here! "
A lonely pine looks over the Mt. Rogers scenery.
A lonely pine looks over the Mt. Rogers scenery.
Heading Northbound on the AT  towards Wilburn Ridge.
Heading Northbound on the AT towards Wilburn Ridge.
Hey you guys - what's all the moaning about?  I've just done 7 miles and I'm still smiling!
Hey you guys - what's all the moaning about? I've just done 7 miles and I'm still smiling!