A Trip To Grayson Highlands

The Rhododendron Trail to the top of Grayson Highlands

Grayson Highlands is a Virginia State park near Abingdon.

A few weeks ago my husband had to go to Virginia for work and we were able to go with him and have a little weekend getaway.

Grayson highlands is one of our favorite places to go. My husband and son like to go fly fishing in the beautiful streams and the girls and I climb the mountain to see what the park has become famous for~The Feral ponies of Grayson Highlands.

One of the stalions of this herd
One of the stalions of this herd

The ponies are supposed to be treated as if they're wild but they don't seem to know that. They walk right up to you. You can't really avoid them. They know the hikers have food in their backpacks so they will try to get food from them if you're not careful.

This mare headed our way as we stopped to take pictures
This mare headed our way as we stopped to take pictures
Feral ponies of Grayson Highlands
My girls with a pony on Grayson Highlands
My girls with a pony on Grayson Highlands
The herd on Grayson Highlands
The herd on Grayson Highlands

The highlands are filled with beautiful wildflowers.

Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)
Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)
Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)
Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)
Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)
Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)
Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)

The edibles were everywhere also.

High Bush Blueberries (Vaccinium elliottii)
High Bush Blueberries (Vaccinium elliottii)
Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis)
Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis)
Blackberries (Rubus)
Blackberries (Rubus)

A trip to Grayson Highlands is always beautiful and I can't wait to go back.

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