We finally made it to Grayson Highlands park for our Mount Rogers climb to the high point of Virginia. I had passed on the chance to try it immediately following Hellgate in December. Then bad weather thwarted us in March. We were rewarded for our patience with a nice sunny day in April:
And wild ponies all over the hillside!
The additional sticker on the horse reads "This medium is Unclassified":
And also - one more chance to follow the Appalachian Trail a short distance! We do enjoy hiking on the AT, and small doses at a time is working for us.
Another nice High Points bench, partway up instead of at the top this time:
The trail had a lot of variety, starting with great views of wide meadows and distant terrain, and more horses:
Also a short tunnel through some large rocks:
Then into a thicket of rhododendrons:
At the top it was dense, dark conifer forest:
We found the highpoint marker amid the trees:
On the way back we rounded the corner to see a horse seemingly waiting for dinner at the shelter:
Another view, this time in the general direction of the Smokies:
Mount Rogers in the background - it's a gentle summit:
Still fascinated with the little horses:
Highpoint number 23: