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Grayson Highlands Half Marathon Trail Race

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail

11.4 mile 18.3 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,817' 554 m
Descent: -1,754' -535 m
High: 5,072' 1,546 m
Low: 4,215' 1,285 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Grayson Highlands Half Marathon Trail Race in Grayson Highlands State Park.

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Features Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

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.

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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, 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.

Wilburn Ridge - An epic scramble through giant boulders with amazing views.

Flora & Fauna

Amazing rhododendron tree tunnels and wild ponies.

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May 4, 2019
Tammie Langley
Ready for the Half tomorrow!
May 4, 2019
Heather Leigh
May 2, 2019
Heather Leigh
Apr 29, 2019
Heather Leigh
Aug 9, 2018
Ashley Crouch
Most beautiful run ever
May 5, 2018
Keli Ann Gajewski
May 7, 2017
Kris Lovingood
May 6, 2017
Mandy Abercrombie
11.5mi

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You may have the opportunity to meet the friendly ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia.
Apr 15, 2017 near Marion, 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
Sections of the Rhododendron Trail are quite beautiful when the shrubs are in bloom.
Jul 3, 2017 near Marion, VA
Ice-capped trees survive the elements at the higher elevations. This photo was taken in May!
May 7, 2017 near Marion, VA
JR Rangers at Grayson Highlands
Mar 12, 2018 near Marion, VA

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