Friday, October 23, 2009

Grayson Highlands - my 2nd Favorite day on the trail

20 October 2009
A cold night last night. Up in time to watch first light and sunrise through the trees. More SOBO's around now as the group compresses. These are the folks who are intending to be home in time for Thanksgiving. They are going to finish and know it. A perfect weather day for hiking. Ledge and Zombie hike with me for part of the day. The trail climbed to 5,000 feet and stayed there. Soon, it enters Grayson Highlands State Park. The area is popular with horseback riders and a group is just setting off for a ride. There are also "wild horses" roaming around. Lots of fields, old roads, and trails. For me, this is perfect trail running country and brings back memories of other excellent runs. It would be easy to run here for hours. At the end of the day, reached the Thomas Knob Shelter. Behind are some rocks where it is easy to relax and cook dinner. Several hikers ate dinner as the sun set spectacularly with colors including red, orange, and blue. Decided to camp nearby for the night.

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  1. The state park is musically notable as the home for the Grayson Highlands Fall Festival as well as weekly jam sessions by local folk musicians, who draw upon the traditional styles of the Blue Ridge area. The park is also home to the Wayne C. Henderson Festival and Guitar Competition, a regionally important festival and guitarist contest named for local notable guitar-maker Wayne Henderson.