FALL 2023

Fall Colors and Virginia's Highest Peaks Makes Hiking The Five Over 5000 Challenge in Southwest Virginia an Add To Bucket List Adventure!

Mount Rogers

Virginia's highest peak is Mount Rogers with a summit elevation of 5729 feet. This is the most difficult hike out of the 5 in the challenge. Trailhead parking is at Grayson Highlands State Park. The Mount Rogers loop via Appalachian Trail is around 10.5 miles. There is always the bonus of seeing the Wild Ponies and the changing of the leaves never disappoints.

Pine Mountain

At 5525 ft the Pine Mountain Trail (Wilburn Ridge) via the Appalachian Trail is around 5 miles. On this trail you can take in stunning views, wild ponies and longhorns that range throughout Grayson Highlands State Park.

5 Peaks with elevations over 5000 ft all within a 10 mile radius!

Expect peak color between October 18 and October 25 for areas between 3,000 and 4,000 feet of elevation. Areas at higher elevations, such as all 5 of the hikes in the FIVE OVER 5000 Challenge could start to turn as early as the first week of October.

Whitetop Mountain and Buzzard Rock

Coming in at Virginia's second highest peak is Whitetop Mountain at 5525 feet and the highest point that can be accessed by vehicle.

We suggest you hike to Buzzard Rock (4th Highest Peak with elevation of 5095) and from Buzzard Rock hike to Whitetop all in the same hike!

Haw Orchard Mountain

At 5007 ft Haw Orchard Mountain is the the smallest peak in the challenge. Located within Grayson Highlands State Park. The hike is around 1.4 miles via The Twin Pinnacles Trail. There is nothing like more breath taking then the views of the Blue Ridge in the Appalachian Mountains.

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