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Highland Bouldering Area

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Location: 36.6333, -81.5089 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron James Parlier on Jul 7, 2009
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This is by far the most well known area in Grayson Highlands State Park. Ask someone if they have ever been to Grayson Highlands and this will be the first place that will come to mind if they have.
From the wild ponys and the natural balds, to the wind swept and seemingly endless views, this place is beautiful and memorable. That also holds true to the bouldering that can be found here. the exposed rock is angular, smooth, and as picturesque as a climber could ever ask for. you can find lowball powerhouse problems like "the edge of time" (V-4), Proud and classic highballs like "Horizon Line" (v6), and hidden classics like "Foot Kaput" (V-4).
If you feel like getting a full value bouldering experience, with ponys, an excellent hike, views, and amazing boulder problems with poster worthy pictures than this place is the place to visit. (If you follow the trail on the Tele Atlas feature you can see the huge boulders on the mountaintops).

This is home to the most viewed boulder in the park, The Horizon Boulder, which is the massive overlooking boulder on the obvious cluster on Wilburn ridge, closest to the roadside parking. this boulder is home to the "Horizon Line" (v6) which is one of the proudest lines in GHSP. Highball feeling, windswept, exposed, a bit scary, and beyond picturesque... come out and experience it for yourself.

Be sure to scope out more information, videos, pictures, and problem description on GHSP Bouldering: graysonhighlandsbouldering.com/


Getting There 

Its super easy to get to the Highlands area (its easy to get anywhere in Grayson)you just drive through the park on the main road and make no turns. look for the parking spaces off the right side of the road with the sign that says "Rhododendron Gap Parking Area" and beyond that will be a field and a bald, grassy hill. Park here.
Then, hike past the sign that says "Be Prepared For Drastic Weather Change" (the sign isnt joking).
Walk past the sign and to the big map stand with the roof over it. it will have the "you are here" map, and "do not feed the wild ponys" signs on it.
Walk through the gate and follow the trail up the hill.
When you reach the top of the hill you will see the three hill tops with the stony, megalithic outcroppings protruding from them.
Take you pick....
In the route section of this site, i will describe the routes location by cluster 1, 2, & 3. I am doing so from the standpoint where you would just be topping the hill and first seeing stone. Cluster 1 is to you right when standing here, and it is the closest. cluster 2 and 3 are further away and to your left on the far two hill tops. the lonely boulder is to your left as well, and is closer than cluster 2 and 3.


63 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',19],['V2-3',31],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Highland Bouldering Area:
Slabacious   V0 4     Boulder   Horizon Area : Highland Highball
Windy Heights (direct)   V1-2 5     Boulder, 13'   Horizon Area : Horizon Boulder
Highland Highball   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Highland Highball
Horizon Line   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Horizon Area : Horizon Boulder
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Featured Route For Highland Bouldering Area
Travis Melin on "Event Horizon"

Event Horizon V8 7B  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Horizon Boulder
It doesn’t get much prouder than this boulder. This is the stand starts toughest line on the block.This is on the left side of the main face of Horizon, to the left of "Horizon Line " (V5).At the base of the boulder there is a large in-cut gap. To the left of this, look up and find the small quartzite crimps and crystals. Near these look for the best diagonal in-cut crimp rail, and this is the right hand for the stand start to "Event Horizon". I had to stand on two pads to reach the right hand w...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon Boulder, Highlands Area, GHSP Va
BETA PHOTO: Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon ...
Aaron Parlier on the FA of "Left Side Ride" (V2ish) the Lonely Boulder at The highlands Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia.
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier on the FA of "Left Side Ride" (V2ish...
The view of the first cluster (Horizon Area on the right side, the Sunset Area on the left), as seen from the MRNRA
The view of the first cluster (Horizon Area on the...
Jordan on "Foot Kaput" (V-4), The Lonely Boulder at The highlands Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Jordan on "Foot Kaput" (V-4), The Lonely Boulder a...
The trail up to the highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
The trail up to the highland Bouldering Area, Gray...
Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput" (V-4),Lonely Boulder at The highlands Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput" (V-4),...
Travis on "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon Boulder, Highlands Area, GHSP, Va
Travis on "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon Boul...
Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput", Lonely Boulder at The highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput", Lonel...
Sam Stephens on the FA of "Braveheart" (Highball V2 X) on the Sunset Boulder, Highlands Area
Sam Stephens on the FA of "Braveheart" (Highball V...
The first cluster at The highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
The first cluster at The highland Bouldering Area,...
Sunrise Bouldering in the Highlands
Sunrise Bouldering in the Highlands
The Highland Welcoming Boulder, the closest boulder in the highland Bouldering Area.
BETA PHOTO: The Highland Welcoming Boulder, the closest boulde...
The Highlands Welcoming Boulder, and a taste of the views seen from it.
The Highlands Welcoming Boulder, and a taste of th...
"Welcome to the Highlands" (V-1+)highlands welcoming Boulder, Highlands Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: "Welcome to the Highlands" (V-1+)highlands welcomi...
Nearing the Highlands Area, GHSP
Nearing the Highlands Area, GHSP
Aaron Parlier, on the start to "Foot Kaput" (V-4) highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier, on the start to "Foot Kaput" (V-4) ...
Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon Boulder, Highlands Area, GHSP Va
Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Horizon ...
Aaron Parlier moving through "Foot Kaput" (V-4) highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier moving through "Foot Kaput" (V-4) hi...
Aaron James Parlier Topping out "Sunset Arete" at dusk.
Aaron James Parlier Topping out "Sunset Arete" at ...
Aaron Parlier sticking the dyno on "Foot Kaput" (V-4) highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier sticking the dyno on "Foot Kaput" (V...
Aaron James Parlier looking for another FA on the Lonely Boulder
Aaron James Parlier looking for another FA on the ...
A profile shot of "The Lonely Boulder" highland Bouldering Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. <br />
A profile shot of "The Lonely Boulder" highland Bo...
CJ Yunger's awesome photo of Horizon Line.
CJ Yunger's awesome photo of Horizon Line.
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