Grayson Highlands/Mt. Rogers. Mt. Rogers is the highest point in Virginia. This is an introductory hike for inexperienced backpackers or experienced backpackers who want to stay in shape. The area is known for its beautiful mountain views on top of the ‘balds.’ The area is moderately used by other backpackers depending upon the time of year. We will hike the well maintained Appalachian Trail Spur and the Appalachian Trail. There is also an abundance of wild ponies that were released in the area many years ago. There are occasional sightings of Deer, turkey, black bears, foxes, etc.
How much does it cost?
The next trip to Grayson Highlands/Mt. Rogers, VA cost $200 per person. To cover OutdoorGuide’s expenses, we must have at least 6 people booked for the outing. The trip is subject to cancellation if people back out. We don’t require a deposit and we don’t offer an inclement weather refund. We go on the trip rain or shine (of course we may slight change locations to one of the pre-existing shelters in the area).
The fee includes 1) Transportation (driver/vehicle/fuel) from Charlotte, NC to Mt. Rogers, VA. 2) The Grayson/Mt. Rogers backcountry permit. 3) The Friday night camping fee at Grayson Highlands State Park. 4) The Friday night dinner (hamburger/hotdogs/chicken) and Monday morning breakfast (eggs, sausage) 5) Supplies associated with the above (hiking maps, GPS, ice, paper plates, cups, etc). 6) Guided hike through Grayson Highlands State Park to wilderness camping area near Mt. Rodgers (Approximately 5 miles up hill). You provide your own equipment.
Do you rent equipment and/or supply dehydrated meals?
Yes, we can support most of your needs. Our current rates, subject to change are:
Weekend backpack rental: $15.00
Weekend tent rental: $20.00
Weekend sleeping bag rental: $10.00
Weekend sleeping mat rental: $5.00
Weekend hiking pole rental: $5.00
Dehydrated meals range from $7.00-$12.00 per meal.
How long is the trip?
We leave from a meeting place to be designated in Charlotte, NC on Friday night at 5pm. We drive approximately 3.5 hours to Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia where we will camp in an ‘improved campsite.’ Improved means a tent pad, running water, fire ring, lantern pole, and some sites have electricity. The park has a ranger, showers, restrooms, a camp store, and laundry facilities available to campers. OutdoorGuides will provide a meal this night for campers (hamburger/hotdogs/chicken/drinks). Note for informational purposes: No alcohol is allowed according to park regulations. However, the rangers do not strictly enforce the rule. Attendees have brought alcohol in the past and kept it discreet in cups. Choose to do so at your own risk. Quiet hours at the park are from 10pm to 7am. These hours are enforced.
The next morning, Saturday, OutdoorGuides will provide breakfast (eggs, sausage, juice). The group will hike approximately 5 miles out of the State Park to an unimproved base camp near Mt. Rogers. Unimproved means there is NOTHING. You must pack in all of your food and equipment. Cell phones do not work in the area. You will need to provide your own lunch, dinner, and next morning’s breakfast. The hike will take a few hours depending upon the slowest person in the group….don’t worry, there’s no hurry. We should arrive to our base camp around 1pm. You have the rest of the day to take scenic photos, day hike (without backpack) to the top of Mt. Rodgers, collect rocks/flowers, or just relax.
Sunday morning we will depart as soon as the fog lifts. You’ll soon understand why they call it the “Smokies.” You will need to provide your own breakfast. Around 9am we will hike 5 miles back to the location where we parked. On the way back to Charlotte we will stop at a fast food place for lunch (on your own). A cheese burger never tasted so good. You’ll agree after the short period in the “rough.” We should be back in Charlotte by about 4pm.
What do I need to bring?
A suggested packing list has been attached for your review. It’s always best to travel with a ‘buddy.’ This helps reduce the amount of weight each individual will have to carry in their backpack. For example, you share a tent, so one person carry’s the tent. You can share a saw or axe; share matches; share first aid kit; share water purifier….get the idea?
Do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes, all attendees are required to sign a liability waiver.
Safety & Security
When it comes to outdoor safety & security travelling in groups and the buddy system is essential. All tents will be pitched close to each other so that anyone needing help may call out. It is recommend that you travel in pairs for the same reason.
Every member of OutdoorGuides is a current or former police officer. Every member is First Aid, CPR, First Responder, or EMT trained. All participants will be given a safety briefing before the start of the trip.
- Trip Duration: 3.00 days
- Destination: United States
- Region: North Carolina
- Price Range:
$51 - $250 per person
Families, Friends, First-Timers
- Minimum Age: 12
- Activity Option:
- Accommodations: Wilderness Tent Camping
Trip Start Dates:
hike approximately 5-7 miles to a location customized to your interests (Upper Harper Creek, Little Lost Cove, the Cliffs) where we will primitive camp in the heavily wooded wilderness area with abundant streams.