Grayson County Style

02/21/2012  | 

If you enjoy cool mountain air and friendly people, Grayson County is the perfect place to relax and recreate. Chain hotels and restaurants, no way! Grayson County style is unique, distinct and classic. With over 35 vacation cabins or B&Bs scattered throughout the county, you are sure to find the perfect spot to rest and relax.

Grayson County, Virginia is home to the highest peaks in Virginia with Mt. Rogers at 5,792 feet in elevation. High mountain tundra, wild ponies, rock cliff overlooks and pristine creeks define Grayson Highlands State Park (www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/graysonh). The roughly 5000 acres of this park is a great place to bring the family for a picnic and short hike, or for the more adventuresome of us, a backpack trip to the highest point in Virginia.

A favorite attraction for visitors is the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail. Located in the western portion of the county and within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, this classic trail begins at Whitetop Station and travels a scenic rail trail before landing in Damascus, Virginia. A picturesque and roaring trout stream travels with you down this cycling adventure. No bike? No worries! There are a large number of bike outfitters in Damascus who rent all sizes and styles of bikes and drive you to the top of the mountain (Whitetop Station) so that your entire trip is mostly downhill! This trail is a family favorite and a truly wonderful and affordable way to spend the day. New River Trail State Park on the eastern portion of the county is another rail to trail adventure that offers bike riding along the scenic New River.

Nothing can be more relaxing than horseback riding. Grayson County offers miles of horse riding trails and cabins that cater to the cowboy or cowgirl in you. Try Rocky Hollow Horse Camp at www.rockyhollowhorsecamp.com to book your rustic getaway.

River songs delight the soul with a trip down the New River. The New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world and Grayson County has the longest stretch around. The gentle pace and scenery of the river trip is best enjoyed with a group of buddies or a family in search of relaxation. Recommended outfitters include New River Canoe and Campground at www.canoeingthenew.com with camping available or daytrips through Riverside Outfitters at www.riversideoutfitters.com .

The town seat of Grayson County is called Independence, Virginia. Labeled America’s most patriotic small town, Independence hosts a great July 4th Celebration, a Mountain Foliage and Grand Privy Race (yes they do race outhouses) in October and a Jazz and Wine Festival at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in August. Regardless of what time of year you arrive, be sure to visit the Historic 1908 Courthouse, where a small museum and gift shop await you. This is a wise choice for your first stop on your Grayson County adventure because travel brochures for local attractions are available to help you plan your fun filled vacation in Grayson County.

A notable claim to fame for Grayson County is the connection to country music. Galax, Virginia a sister community has been labeled a birthplace of country music in that the mountain music of this area was the beginning of modern country music. In the area you will find the Historic Rex Theatre which offers free concerts on Friday nights and the Blue Ridge Music Center along the Blue Ridge Parkway, another great spot to catch a music show. Grayson County communities offer musical entertainment through nightly music jams and fiddlers convention competitions though out the year. On any given night you can find a music jam to enjoy within Grayson County.

There is no better place to relax and vacation than Grayson County, Virginia.

If you need assistance planning your trip feel free to visit www.graysoncountyva.com to learn more about our area and the adventure that awaits you.
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