Grayson Highlands State Park
GENERAL INFO: This mountain park is next to the Mount Rogers
National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. Grayson
Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park
and was established in 1965. Pets are allowed in the park but not
allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor
center and office.
LOCATION: The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence
and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn
south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of
Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park's
From I-77, take Hillsville Exit 14 to U.S. 58. Travel west on
U.S. 58, 40 miles to Volney. Turn left to stay on U.S. 58 and go
eight miles to the park entrance.
Drive Time : Northern Va., 6.5 hours; Richmond, 5.5 hours;
Tidewater, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, 7.5 hours; Roanoke, 2.5 hours
PICNIC SHELTERS: The picnic area is next to a rebuilt homestead
site, complete with two log cabins, a spring-house and a cane
mill. Picnic facilities include drinking water, grills and
restrooms. Picnic shelters are available by reservation on a
first-come, first-served basis by calling the Reservation Center
Grayson Highlands State Park Picnic Shelters
Two shelters are available for rent. They can be rented from 8
a.m. to 10 p.m. (all day). Click here for park fees.
Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before
reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.
Amenities: Both shelters have grill, picnic tables and
access to restroom.
Shelter one: Located in main picnic area. A water fountain
and electric hookup is available at the shelter. Shelter can
accommodate 100 people under the shelter. Seating for an
additional 100 people is available around the shelter.
Shelter two: Located next to homestead cabin. Shelter is
referred to as the Barn. No adjacent parking is available.
Shelter can accommodate 100 people under the shelter. Seating for
another 100 is available around the shelter.
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