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Grayson Highlands 50K Trail Race

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

28.8 mile 46.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,320' 1,317 m
Descent: -4,243' -1,293 m
High: 5,429' 1,655 m
Low: 3,701' 1,128 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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The course for the Grayson Highlands 50K Trail Race in Grayson Highlands State Park.

Victor Mariano

Features River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

Grayson Highlands is Virginia's third largest state park and the highest state park in Virginia. The park is best known for beautiful views and wild ponies that live in the highlands. It is also one of the few remaining places in the south where Fraser Fir trees still grow.

Need to Know

For more information, visit the park's website.

Runner Notes

Bring a camera and take some pictures of the amazing views in the Grayson Highlands.

Description

The course runs over Little Pinnacle or Haw Orchard Mountain, elevation 5,089 feet, making it the highest race in Virginia! The trails are beautiful. But don't be fooled, as they are anything but smooth and easy, with some very technical sections. Runners will have a view of Mt. Rogers, the highest point in Virginia.

Other course highlights include:

  • Cabin Creek Falls - an amazing waterfall.
  • Wilson Creek Trail - several small falls along BEAUTIFUL Wilson Creek
  • Wilburn Ridge - an epic scramble through giant boulders with amazing views.

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Flora & Fauna

Amazing rhododendron tree tunnels and wild ponies.

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Nov 17, 2019
Matt Kornegay
Beautiful course. Loved seeing the ponies. Running through an old river bed was brutal and the leaves covering all the rocks. Tough course. 28.4mi — 6h 55m
May 5, 2019
Chitra Ranganathan
8h 33m
May 6, 2018
Jennifer Hawkins
28.8mi
May 4, 2018
Julie U
May 6, 2017
Adam A
Grayson Highlands 50k. Weather was intense and the race was incredible! 29.5mi
May 6, 2017
Jenna Orick
Amazing race! Second year doing it and loved it even more! 29.5mi — 8h 01m
May 5, 2017
Kopper Duckw
May 5, 2017
Ben Goff
28.5mi

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Photos

You may have the opportunity to meet the friendly ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia.
Apr 15, 2017 near Marion, VA
The view from the summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Adwolf, VA
Ponies! This playful youngster, a wild pony, is one of the many treasures of the Mt. Rogers countryside.
Jul 3, 2017 near Marion, VA
On the way to the Mt. Rogers summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Marion, VA
Sections of the Rhododendron Trail are quite beautiful when the shrubs are in bloom.
Jul 3, 2017 near Marion, VA
Cute!
Jan 25, 2016 near Adwolf, VA

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