Perfect peaks for photography, proposals, or maybe picnics! Whatever your purpose for a perfect peak, these are those. Set out on an adventure during any season and be rewarded with panoramic, breathtaking views.
Elevations Exceeding 5,000 Feet
There’s an area in Virginia that sits head-and-shoulders above the rest when it comes to peaks. Grayson and Smyth Counties in southwest Virginia have five summits exceeding 5,000 feet.
Mount Rogers – 5,729 feet
Characteristics of the National Recreation Area:
- 200,000 acres
- Four wilderness areas; two national forests
- 500 miles of trails that include the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper Trail and Virginia Highland Horse Trail
- Virginia’s highest road; leads to the summit of Whitetop Mountain
- Campgrounds available
Whitetop Mountain – 5,525 feet
Whitetop is the beginning (or the end) of the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 35-mile rail-to-trail with points in Abingdon and Damascus as well. It’s also part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
Pine Mountain / Wilburn Ridge – 5,525 feet
Wilburn Ridge is the highest peak on Pine Mountain and is part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The best access point is through Grayson Highlands State Park at Massie Gap.
Buzzard Rock – 5,095 feet
Buzzard Rock is a summit of Whitetop Mountain. Indeed, the two can be experienced in the same trip. The distance between them is just shy of seven miles.
Haw Orchard Mountain – 5,007 feet
Haw Orchard Mountain is within Grayson Highlands State Park. Access the trailhead at Massie Gap.
See Virginia’s other mountain destinations at Virginia.org/Mountains.