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The visitor center for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, in the high country of southwestern Virginia, is at 3714 SR 16. The 200,000-acre recreation area is part of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Mount Rogers is the highest point in the state at 5,729 feet; a trail to the top begins at Grindstone Campground and Grayson Highlands State Park.
Broad mountain meadows and forests of spruce, fir and northern hardwood provide settings for seven developed campgrounds, which are open April through October.
A network of trails includes a 60-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail and others suitable for cross-country skiing. Three primitive horse camps adjoin the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail. The 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail is popular with bicyclists. Most prefer to take the shuttle to Whitetop Station, the mountain’s highest point, and ride the 17 miles back down to Damascus. The area also offers good trout fishing and deer and turkey hunting.
The visitor center is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, Sat.-Sun. 9-4, May 1-late Oct.; Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, rest of year. Phone (276) 783-5196 or (800) 628-7202.
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