The other day I took a trip to Virginia’s highest mountain peak, Mt. Rogers, accompanied by my brother and dad. Mt. Rogers stands 5,729 ft. at its highest elevation and is known for it’s wide mountainous prairie plains and dense forests. The hike to and from Mt. Rogers’ highest point is a 9-mile, round trip in which one will walk through various open plains of the Appalachian Trail and climb densely forested rock scrambles.
The base of Mt. Rogers, Graceland Highlands State Park, is located in Marion, Virginia. The hike is absolutely beautiful. Mt. Rogers is home to several different herds of wild ponies, so it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll run into them. They are very friendly and will aggressively beg for food if they smell it on you. Also, if you end up getting extremely lost like us, you’ll probably run into a few different herds of angry cattle and steer, as well. Be sure and bring a compass and/or a GPS (signs are rather misleading). We set out one Wednesday afternoon, having no idea what we got ourselves into.