Getting There

Grayson Highlands State Park is about 360 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south to Exit 45 near Marion. Turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to U.S. 58 in Volney. Turn right onto U.S. 58 and drive eight miles to the park entrance.

Where to Stay

Grayson Highlands

State Park


Wildflowers wait to bloom in the meadow below Whitetop Mountain Sunday morning, July 17, 2011. (Norm Shafer/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

There are a number of camp sites, some with electricity and water. Rates start at $20 a night. Bunkhouses are available from May 1 to Oct. 31, with a two-night minimum stay. Rates start at $88.

Where to Eat

Handsome Molly’s Bistro

118 E. Main St., Marion


Casual dining with pizzas, calzones, panini, wraps and salads from $4.75.

What to Do

Whitetop Mountain

About eight miles from the entrance to Grayson Highlands State Park on U.S. 58. Turn right onto Va. 600. About a mile later, make a left onto Mud Creek Lane, a gravel road that takes you to the summit.

Mount Rogers

The highest peak in Virginia can be reached via a nine-mile roundtrip hike starting from Grayson Highlands State Park and following the Appalachian Trail for most of the way.