Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

Horse Trail North Trailhead, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    306 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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Grayson Highlands State Park hosts a band of wild horses within an easy mile from the Massy Gap parking lot. Bring a zoom lens with your camera to capture these incredible creatures in their natural habitat!

The wild horses gather on top of the bald at the end of Horse Trail North located in Grayson Highlands State Park. Because they are wild, it is important to remember not to touch or feed the horses. The horses are accustomed to hikers and will allow you in their near proximity, but bring a zoom lens and keep a reasonable distance from the horses while photographing and observing. 

Park in the Massy Gap Parking Lot and set off towards the wooden gate. Follow Horse Trail North for a half mile until it forks with Rhododendron Trail. Continue left along Horse Trail North for less than a half mile until you encounter an open field and the wild horses. The trail is wide and well-maintained allowing for hikers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy.

For photography, I'd advise bringing a 75mm or longer in order to keep a reasonable distance from the horses. I personally used a 75mm and a 55-200mm.  

Pack List

  • $7 for a park day pass
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Zoom Lens
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I have family that live close and this was always a favorite memory of mine growing up and coming here to see the horses and hike. So much to take in and enjoy every where you look. The weather changes constantly, so it's always better to be well prepared for any circumstance. Otherwise, explore because there is so much to be found.

1 day ago
1 day ago

These wild guys are easy-going. One of them walked up to me while I was on the trail. Some do get a bit nervous if you walk or stand behind them. They make funny sounds and warn you. While I was there, they spend most of their time grazing, so most of the photos I got were of them eating haha. Speaking of, please refrain from feeding these ponies! Let's keep the wild in these wild ponies and also consider their health.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Merritt McKinney

Just another snowboarder who fell in love with the outdoors. I hike, climb, fly drones, take pictures and make videos. Currently studying computer things at the University of Alabama while exploring Chattanooga, Johnson City, and the North Carolina mountains.

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