This was my third time here, but the first time in 25+ years. This is a wonderful state park located near the high point of Virginia, Mt Rogers, and as such, it is a popular destination for hikers. Oh, and there is that other natural attraction, the wild ponies that roam the mountains. It’s not uncommon to see them grazing alongside the trail to Massie Gap, but I had my best views to in the field to the side of the road toward the picnic& homestead area. It’s much easier to ascend Mt Rogers from here than down in the valley, but you won’t likely travel alone. Come in in late spring when the rhododendron are in bloom! It’s gorgeous.
There are some basic maps available in the park, but you may appreciate something with more detail if you’re going very far. Consider downloading maps in advance and/or bringing paper. You may meet some AT throughhikers during your explorations. It's always a treat to hear their stories. In addition to hiking to the peaks, there are some trails that will take you down to streams for fishing.
This time I was in site 60 with water and electric, a pull-through site parallel to the road, with a slight incline on the way in and out. It was partially wooded. Previously I stayed in one of the tent sites along the open field. I was very much hoping to take photos of the night sky, but there was a storm with wild winds and cold, so that didn’t happen! I did catch a glimpse of them, though, shortly before dawn. For cell phone coverage(Verizon), I had success at the viewpoint on the way up from the entrance. It was also where I watched the sunrise.
I was there the first day the campground opened and it filled quickly. You’ll definitely want reservations for a weekend stay. Note that some of the reservations are nonspecific, i.e. when you arrive, you’ll be assigned, although I saw one couple who looked like they were driving around and choosing their spot (and seemed overwhelmed by the process). There’s a small camp store with souvenirs and basic snacks and supplies. Bathrooms are clean with flush toilets and showers. In addition to the tent/RV sites, there are a few yurts available to rent.
Plenty to keep kids and adults alike entertained, whether it’s exploring the homestead area, looking for ponies, taking short hikes, geocaching, or playing games on the open field area.