Hike & Bike Grayson

Grayson County is Home to Hundreds of Miles of pristine hiking and biking trails. With access to so much state and federal Public land, you will be able to hike or bike through Grayson for weeks without crossing the same path twice. Whether you want to hike to the top of Virginia or bike down the Virginia Highlands, Grayson County will always provide you with adventure.


Take a ride on the Trans America bike trail from Oregon to Virginia going coast to coast across America. This beautiful scenic bike trail cuts right through Troutdale, and provides beautiful views throughout.

Grayson Highlands State Park is home to two major attractions, Mt. Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia, and the Wild Ponies, a small herd of beautiful ponies that roam freely in the park.  In addition to the gorgeous views, there's numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, picnicking and camping areas, and a visitor's center/museum. Plan your next vacation in the highlands today!

This recreation area offers 6 camping units with parking and picnic tables, picnic shelter and fireplace; a beautiful overlook of Elk Creek Valley is accessible in the area, as well as nearby Hale Lake (2 miles), Unaka nature trail and Little Dry Run and Iron Mountain Trails.  Although the campground is open year-round, the road to the campground is closed in the winter due to icy and hazardous conditions.

Park is open daily during daylight hours.  The Park has a variety of playground equipment, a stage, and a beautiful view of the New River.  Musical events, festivals, and other activities are held at the Park during the year,  including the Festival by the River every October and the Henry Whitter Festival every May. The Town Park also adjoins the New River Trail parking area and a public boat landing.  Reserve the park for Family Reunions, Office Gatherings, Weddings and Birthday Parties or Company Outings.

Located in Independence, VA, Grayson Rec Park features a great area to have a picnic under our covered picnic shelters, a place to take a nice walk on our paved walking track, or our wooded hiking trails. The park also features 5 athletic fields, tennis courts, and an outdoor basketball court. During the summer, our outdoor pool featuring two water slides, two diving boards and a concession stand is a great place to come and rest in the sun. Just outside the park, resides a beautiful waterfall to view and enjoy.

The Virginia Creeper Trail highlights the beauty of western Grayson County; dense forests, bog meadows, a pristine trout stream and southwestern Virginia culture. Take a bike ride on the Creeper Trail today!

A 191,000-acre mountain recreation wonderland within the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests. The area offers: hundreds of miles of hiking including a hike to the highest peak in Virginia, Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet, self-auto tours, including Whitetop Mountain with the highest road in Virginia; 7 campgrounds; 4 horse camps; 3 cabins and biking, horse back riding and cross-country ski trails; two lakes and 50 miles of streams; historic sites; wildlife viewing, and hunting.

The Matthews State Forest is open during daylight hours for hiking, biking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, and hunting.  There are nearly 8 miles of challenging mountain trails for the hiking/biking enthusiast.

This recreation area offers breathtaking views from the second Highest peak in Virginia. With an elevation of 5,520ft, you will be able to see the beautiful Appalachian mountains for miles. When you visit Grayson County, a trip to Whitetop Mountain is a must.

Bike, hike, or ride your horse down the New River trail and see everything the New River has to offer from this beautiful trail right along its banks.

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Virginia Wildlife and Birding Trail

Maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, many wildlife/birding viewing areas exist here in Grayson County. Visit the website for an interactive map which tells which animals may be seen at each point. Grayson County is home of the Mountain Music Loop and much of the Mt. Rogers Loop. Drive to each location to find a scenic overlook or nature trail where wildlife viewing is ideal!

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail, a 2,181-mile long public footpath traversing the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains was built by private citizens and finished in 1937. The trail is managed by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies, and thousands of volunteers. Grayson County is proud to offer a delightful section of the AT which can be accessed at Grayson Highlands State Park, Elk Garden trail head, Whitetop Mountain, and Rt. 603.

Tourism Office

Address: 107 E. Main Street 

Independence, VA 24348

Phone: 276-773-8002

Email: visit@graysoncountyva.gov

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