Mountains to Conquer: Exploring Virginia’s Peaks

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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The recent El Capitan Dawn Wall climb at Yosemite was an inspiring story of resilience and tenacity, and it made me think, “Which of Virginia’s mountains would be inspirational for someone to conquer?” Of course, any of them would be tremendous achievements, depending on your story and your goal.

Grayson Highlands State Park

Grayson Highlands State Park

Chad Heddleston of Shenandoah Mountain Guides wrote last year on his blog, “The personal battle to overcome a difficult or dangerous climb is a growth experience I cannot describe, and teaching someone else to fight through to complete a challenge is an unforgettable victory for both parties.  Etched in my mind forever is the view from the top of the Old Rag …”

Old Rag Mountain is just one of Virginia’s exhilarating heights. Look to social media sites like Instagram and you’ll see common themes across some of Virginia’s great peaks, which we’ve included in a slideshow below.

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I’m looking for a beautiful mountain site to get married. Just a small group of 5-10. In the fall. Any help would be appreciated.


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Marilyn Kirtley
Marilyn Kirtley

Do you have any info on Kirtley Mountain near Shenandoah?


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If your looking for a fun place to stay when hiking Old Rag Mountain or the SNP check out The Cabins at Rose River Farm

judith williams

do you remember going here theo? Then Virginia Beach? also Port Royal, Pigeon Forge and so on.