The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is a 200,000-acre mountain parcel situated in Southwest Virginia, roughly between Damascus and Galax. Mount Rogers NRA contains Virginia’s loftiest terrain, namely 5,729 foot Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia and part of the nationally renowned Mount Rogers High Country, a melding of rare spruce-fir forest, open meadows, wild ponies and rock prominences. Mount Rogers NRA is also home to trout-filled streams, forested ridges, wild bears, numerous campgrounds, room to roam and around 500 miles of trails to explore.
Elevation ranges at Mount Rogers NRA run from the aforementioned Mount Rogers down to around 2,000 feet at the New River to the east and Whitetop Laurel Creek in the west. This vertical variation helps create a biodiversity unmatched in Virginia’s Appalachians. A wide array of outdoor activities allows visitors to enjoy this rich biodiversity. Mount Rogers NRA visitors can hike, bike, paddle, horseback ride, camp, fish, swim,auto tour, picnic and backpack. It truly lives up to its name as national recreation area.
– WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO –
Mount Rogers NRA lies within the greater Jefferson National Forest. The recreation area is stretched over a wide rural swath laced with mountain roads, both paved and gravel -- the going is slow. Supplies can be had in Damascus, as well as outlying towns of Abingdon, Marion, Wytheville and Galax. Stock up before you enter the recreation area.
The recreation area is very spread out. Don’t expect to see it all in a day. With numerous campgrounds and additional rental cabins here, it is easy to extend your stay, especially figuring in more lodging outside the recreation area.