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I was looking forward to this trip, as was my daughter, Kaelee. She couldn't wait to see the wild pony's. We spent 3 days in the Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands Area. It didn't disappoint.
We're use to forest areas, the open areas with the great views was a nice change of scenery.
We stopped at the New River Gorge Area in WV to overnight & break up the long 6+ hr drive.
Start of the Trail. We parking in the Grindstone camping area. There have been break-ins at the trailhead parking, so I figured better safe than sorry.
1st couple of miles look similar to what we're use to in PA
& we get our first look at some pony's
We continue up to Mt Rogers
Home for the 1st night
Rained during the night, but the following morning was all sunshine
Interesting...never had to climb a ladder before while backpacking
This fenced in area is called the bear pen, if I remember correctly. I believe that you can camp here.
We camped a few miles up hill from here. It started to thunder & Kaelee was getting scaried, so we stopped & I hurried to setup the tent. Rained for a bit, but did stop & the rest of the evening was nice.
Our last day, some more pony's
On our final way out
We had a great time, awesome views & pony's were special, especially to my daughter. Looking forward to coming back some day (& hopefully soon)