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    VA-> Grayson Highland / Mt Rogers

    Grayson Highlands once again serving up equal parts beauty and sublime power as the wind blew from 5 directions under the moonlight. Thank you old friend.

    And thank you Chappy for inviting me to go.

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    Another great trip report, Paul. Thanks for giving us a look.
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    I love this area. Thomas Knob can get a little crowded sometimes, but there are a lot of great places to stay along the AT and several options for loops. I like to stay around Old Orchard because it is less traveled (except for when the thru hiker bubble comes though) and a very peaceful spot. I guess most people want the views going up to Mount Rogers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabmanhang View Post
    Another great trip report, Paul. Thanks for giving us a look.
    Thank ya.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dvankirk View Post
    I love this area. Thomas Knob can get a little crowded sometimes, but there are a lot of great places to stay along the AT and several options for loops. I like to stay around Old Orchard because it is less traveled (except for when the thru hiker bubble comes though) and a very peaceful spot. I guess most people want the views going up to Mount Rogers.
    I need to check that out. We did a side trip on Saturday night and hung over near Whitetop Mountain.

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    Thanks for sharing, always enjoy your reports and videos. Looks like you had a decent amount of fall colors too! That was a lot of cattle! I’ve seen them out there several times but never that many at once.
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    Good to see those Fall colors popping down that way.
    Real purdy.
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    Beautiful! My son thru hiked the AT and it is one of his favorite spots. Hope to get there sometime soon myself. Thanks for the pics and report.
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    Looks like a perfect time to be there, Tall Paul. I'm about due to head back out there...now that it's cooled off. Where do you park and have you heard of problems with break-ins? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by wa4chq View Post
    Looks like a perfect time to be there, Tall Paul. I'm about due to head back out there...now that it's cooled off. Where do you park and have you heard of problems with break-ins? Thanks
    We spent two nights - the first parking near Whitetop Mtn. We also drove by Elk Garden - lots of cars there. We then drove over to Grayson State Park for the 2nd night.

    The break-in issues I had heard of were all old reports. Curious how it will be with more overflow going to these alternate areas.
    The other option Iíve heard of but never some are the driving up to Scales (4WD?) or hiking south on the AT from near the Grindstone campground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prelohded View Post
    Thanks for sharing, always enjoy your reports and videos. Looks like you had a decent amount of fall colors too! That was a lot of cattle! Iíve seen them out there several times but never that many at once.
    Lots of folks on horseback - it looked like they were gathering cattle together but canít say for sure. Definitely the most Iíve seen there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Good to see those Fall colors popping down that way.
    Real purdy.
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    Thanks Shug. Always beautiful here and a nice bonus to get some colors.
    Quote Originally Posted by mcpuddleglum View Post
    Beautiful! My son thru hiked the AT and it is one of his favorite spots. Hope to get there sometime soon myself. Thanks for the pics and report.
    We bumped into a thru hiker who was showing his girlfriend ? where he slept in the Wise shelter the year before. Def one of his favorite spots as well.

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