Date(s) - Thu, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 8
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Grayson Highlands, VA
Registration Deadline: Fri. Sept. 29th
Hike up mountain ridges, over the grassy balds, looking for miniature ponies. Everything you need in your backpack.
Everyone is in a great mood as you walk up to the first night’s campsite , even after hiking 5 miles along part of the Appalachian Trail. “This is my first ever backpacking trip,” says Erin as she sets down her pack on a small boulder, “and if backpacking is always this amazing, I need to do it more.”
“Backpacking can be this amazing, if you know the right spot. Some places are rather dull,” replies your trip leader, Brad with a big grin, “and there are plenty of other just as amazing parks in the southeast.”
What you saw on day one left your camera full and mouth hanging open in amazement. The rest of the trip promises to do more of the same.
The trails of Grayson Highlands cross huge grassy balds, pass along tall rocky cliffs, and provide views of southeast VA’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
The pace is steady; perfect for chatting with friends, soaking up the spring flowers, taking photos to later Instagram (no cell service here!). Tasty home cooked meals (such as sweet curried rice with chicken or tofu, and burritos with black beans, ripe avocados, and salsa) fill your hungry stomach.
Expect to hike 4-8 miles each day and sleep under the moon and stars for three amazing nights. Day one is gentle uphill all day, day two and three is gently rolling on top mountains with big views. Day four hikes downhill slowly all day, heading back to the university van.
Previous hiking experience needed (day hiking included). Being about to walk across campus with a heavy backpack and not feel winded.
This trip is for you if you:
Want to spend fall break exploring
Experience breathtaking view of Grayson Highlands State Park
Meet new people
Learn how to backpack
This trip is not for you if you:
Do not want to sleep on the ground in tents.
Want to hike big mile days
Cannot carry 40 pounds on your back for an extended time
How to register for a trip
sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area or . You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card, .
What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction, On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.
Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.