Grateful we had clear, beautiful weather this day! Definitely worth a side-trip.
Was going to do Mount Rogers, but we (my friend and I) got there late and a thunderstorm was rolling in. We wanted to do some hiking, so we did Haw Orchard instead. It was great. Went back up the next morning with my wife. Camped overnight. It was a great stay.
After hiking to Mt Rogers, took a little lunch break, then went up Haw Orchard Mountain via Massies Gap. Short, steep trail with great views since the clouds dissapated earlier.
Took the trail up from Massie Gap. My little 4 year old boy made it no problem. I tell you what it won't be long and I'll be the one slowing him up:) Beautiful views all around especially across to Wilburn Ridge and Mt. Rogers. A big hit with the family!
I climb Haw Orchard every December when I go to Sparta NC to cut a xmas tree. And almost every year it is either snowing, or has just snowed. This winter was the best snowfall I've ever encountered in Grayson Highlands--about a foot had just fallen.