Grayson Highlands Twin Pinnacles Trail

Grayson Highlands Twin Pinnacles Trail

On the soggy Saturday of June 8, 2019, Deena and I went hiking in near constant rain on the Twin Pinnacles Trail in Grayson Highlands State Park. This place is probably the most scenic, well maintained and beautiful state parks I have seen. It also has wonderfully long mountain views that unfortunately were completely blocked by the fogged in conditions.


We navigated through most of Ashe County. At the wide place in the road that claims the name of the town of Sturgills we turned northwest and drove a twisty, narrow road beside a big, rocky creek to the Virginia border. From there we drove west on US Hwy 58 to the Park entrance. Along the way we saw several ground hogs and deer, including a tiny baby deer that looked no bigger than a small dog.

At the top of the mountain in the middle of the park we entered the Visitor Center to shop for a hiking staff badge and adjust clothes out of the rain. Then we proceeded up the trail. Parts of the path were considerable steeper, rockier and more rugged than I remembered. Or, maybe I am just getting older, more crotchety and all trails look worse to me. The rain made the rocks and mud slick, so I needed my hiking staff. Duh. I exited the Jeep in such a hurry that I left the staff behind. Another lesson learned to practice patience.

My hip replacement surgery seems to have totally recuperated. But I went for the last year and a half with almost no hard exercise, so my stamina and conditioning are poor. I am still slow and get out of breath fairly easily. I am striving to get them back.

On the way home we stopped in the small town (no stop lights) of Lansing and went in a smaller pizza shop. We ordered coffee (which hit the spot!), beer (another spot satisfied), hot wings and chicken alfredo pizza. A good time was had by all.

Bob Laney

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Bob is the site curator and writer of Blue Ridge Outing. Since starting the Blue Ridge Outing travel blog in 2002, Bob has written, recorded and documented countless expeditions in the US and around the world.