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Backpack Grayson Highlands, VA – Fall Break

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Date(s) - Thu, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 8
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Grayson Highlands, VA


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Cost:  $129

Registration Deadline:  Fri. Sept. 29th

Hike up mountain ridges, over the grassy balds, looking for miniature ponies. Everything you need is in your backpack.



Everyone is in a great mood as you walk up to the campsite after hiking five 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 spots,” replies your trip leader, Melanie, with a big grin. “There are plenty of other amazing parks in the southeast.” 

Day one left your camera full and mouth hanging open in amazement. The rest of the trip promises to do the same.

The trails of Grayson Highlands cross huge grassy balds, tall rocky cliffs, and provide views of southeast Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

The pace is steady; it’s perfect for chatting with friends, soaking up the autumn scenery, and taking photos to post to Instagram later. 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 a gentle uphill hike all day, day two and three are gently rolling paths on top of mountains with big views. Day four is a slow downhill hike heading back to the university van.


Previous hiking experience needed (day hiking included).  Should be able to walk across campus with a heavy backpack and not feel winded.

This trip is for you if you:
Spend fall break exploring
Experience breathtaking views 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


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Have a question?
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email, or send us a direct message via Facebook Page.

How to register for a trip
Sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area; 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.

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