9. MOUNT ROGERS HIGH COUNTRY
Nearest Town: Konnarock
Backpack Mileages: 10-25 miles
Elevation Highs and Lows: 5,728 feet high point, 3,600 feet low point
GPS Trailhead Coordinates: 36.64618, -81.58307
Why Backpack There: You can explore Virginia’s highest elevations, making a highlight reel hike amid meadows, spruce-fir forests, rock spires and crashing streams.
The pathways change with the landscapes, from narrow track foot trails to wider equestrian paths, from deep woods tracks to rock-strewn treadways open to the sky overhead. Additionally, you can travel through two wildernesses and Grayson Highlands State Park; through areas busy and locales lesser traveled. A wealth of connector paths enables to alter your backpack as desired.
The Mount Rogers High Country is a must experience for Virginia backpackers. This elevated land contains a maze of trails amid superlatives including Virginia’s highest point, vistas that extend for miles in all directions, and wildlife including the famed wild ponies. Also, avoid nice weather weekends and holidays if you are seeking solitude.
Trail shelters are located on the Appalachian Trail as it traverses the high country. Otherwise, almost too many campsites populate the balance of the area. That being said many of the camps are scenic.
Essential Fact: Mount Rogers can offer the harshest weather in the state. Be prepared for cloudy, windy, foggy, and rainy weather any time of year.