In fact, the mountains in this vicinity have been likened more to western land than Virginia high country. As with Charlies Bunion in the Smokies, this area was heavily logged, flooded, and subsequently burned. The fires were so intense that they burned right down to the mineral soil. Thus, trees have had a long, slow battle to recover here, and we are left with what amounts to big sky country here in the corner of Virgnia.
Wilburn Ridge is actually a part of Pine Mountain, which is one of the
Getting ThereThe trail starts at the Massie Gap parking area in Grayson Highlands State Park and intersects with the Appalachian Trail which runs over the ridge. It begins as "The Rhododendron Trail", but soon intersects with the AT. One can also walk up the "Appalachian Spur Trail" that also starts near the parking lot. Both lead to the AT and then to Wilburn Ridge.
The park is located on Highway 58, about midway between Damascus and Independence. From 58, just take the park road to Massie Gap.
Red TapeNone of which I am aware.
When To ClimbAll year long. The weather can become very cold and icy in winter. I go to this area every winter and almost always enounter snow, ice, and stiff winds. And no winter seems to go by that some hiker or group of hikers don't get into life-threatening difficulties due to the harsh conditions that rake the summits in the colder months.
CampingCamping is allowed. I know of no fees outside the state park boundaries. Within Grayson Highlands State Park, camping is only allowed within the official developed campground.
Mountain ConditionsCheck weather condition for Damascus, VA and subtract five to ten degrees.
External LinksGrayson Highlands State Park.
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
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