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Horizon Area 0 / 0 / 1 / 37 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 38
Lonely Cluster 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Sunset Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Elevation: 4,675 ft
GPS: 36.633, -81.509 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 17,825 total, 173/month
Shared By: Aaron Parlier on Jul 7, 2009
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Jake Jones, Shawn Heath

Description

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.…

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 "Massie Gap Parking Area" and beyond that will be a field and a bald, grassy hill. Park here.
Hike uphill following specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App

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Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Thanks! I'm sure someone is missing this right about now. I added this info to the GHSP Bouldering page too. Jul 13, 2015
Benandstuff
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
Found-7/12/15 5.10 Hueco Gray climbing shoe on one of the pony trails out near Sunset area. Really kind of in the middle of nowhere. I put it on the bulletin board before the Rhododendron trail gate at the Massie Gap Parking area. Jul 13, 2015

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