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Location: 36.6333, -81.5089 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jake Jones, Shawn Heath, Aaron Parlier, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aaron Parlier on Jul 7, 2009
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Nearing the Highlands Area, GHSP

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.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 "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

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.1 miles from here

64 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',11],['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',32],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Highland Bouldering Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Highland Bouldering Area:
Slabacious   V0 4     Boulder   Horizon Area : Highland Highball
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
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Melin on "Event Horizon"

Event Horizon V8 7B  VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : ... : Horizon Boulder
It does not get much prouder than this boulder. This is the stand start to the toughest line on the block.This is on the left side of the main face of Horizon, to the left of "Horizon Line " (V6).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...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

Photos of Highland Bouldering Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Highlands Welcoming Boulder, and a taste of th...
The Highlands Welcoming Boulder, and a taste of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Welcome sign
The Welcome sign
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on th...
BETA PHOTO: Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier on the FA of "Left Side Ride&qu...
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier on the FA of "Left Side Ride&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view of the first cluster (Horizon Area on the...
The view of the first cluster (Horizon Area on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam Stephens on the FA of "Braveheart" (...
Sam Stephens on the FA of "Braveheart" (...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Welcome to the Highlands" (V-1+)highlan...
BETA PHOTO: "Welcome to the Highlands" (V-1+)highlan...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier, on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier, on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: The first cluster at The highland Bouldering Area,...
The first cluster at The highland Bouldering Area,...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Highland Welcoming Boulder, the closest boulde...
BETA PHOTO: The Highland Welcoming Boulder, the closest boulde...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
BETA PHOTO: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
BETA PHOTO: Steve Lovelace on the start to "Foot Kaput&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jordan on "Foot Kaput" (V-4), The Lonely...
BETA PHOTO: Jordan on "Foot Kaput" (V-4), The Lonely...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis on "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Ho...
Travis on "Horizon Line" (v5), on the Ho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier moving through "Foot Kaput"...
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier moving through "Foot Kaput"...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on th...
Travis on the "Horizon Line" (v5), on th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron Parlier sticking the dyno on "Foot Kapu...
BETA PHOTO: Aaron Parlier sticking the dyno on "Foot Kapu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier Topping out "Sunset Arete...
Aaron James Parlier Topping out "Sunset Arete...
Rock Climbing Photo: A profile shot of "The Lonely Boulder" h...
A profile shot of "The Lonely Boulder" h...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron James Parlier looking for another FA on the ...
Aaron James Parlier looking for another FA on the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The trail up to the highland Bouldering Area, Gray...
The trail up to the highland Bouldering Area, Gray...
Rock Climbing Photo: CJ Yunger's awesome photo of Horizon Line.
CJ Yunger's awesome photo of Horizon Line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise Bouldering in the Highlands
Sunrise Bouldering in the Highlands

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By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Jul 13, 2015
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.
By Aaron Parlier
Administrator
From: Boone, NC / Grayson, VA
Jul 13, 2015
Thanks! I'm sure someone is missing this right about now. I added this info to the GHSP Bouldering page too.