Grayson Highlands Hike
May 23, 2020
Wilson Creek, VA
NOTE: This hike has been postponed to future date due to the pandemic and the ATC’s directive to stay of the Trail. We will determine a new date once the health situation abates and the ATC authorizes use of the Trail.
Enjoy an exhilarating 4 miles out-and-back hike to the panoramic views and wild ponies of the Grayson Highlands!
Gaze over scenic views of alpine-like peaks.
Marvel in the herd of wild ponies roaming the Grayson Highlands.
Experience what many consider to be the crown jewel of Virginia’s portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Our hike will begin and end at the parking area for Massie Gap off Hwy 362 near Wilson Creek, VA. From there, we will hike 2 miles north on the AT to rock outcropping with great views, and with a little luck, will the wild ponies along the way.
Join us on this amazing summer hike on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia!
Registration Is Free
Instead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance.
It’s fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work?
Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.
Get a Free Hiking Shirt
Our quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail.
Every registered hiker who raises at least $100 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation.
Available in men’s or women’s sizes SMALL – XXL.
When you register, we will ask your size preference. Once you reach $100 in donations to your fundraising page, we will get your shirt to you.
If you hit the $100 ten days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt for you on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail it to you after the hike.
So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.
For a Good Cause
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All contributions are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission.
Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental illnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families.
The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.
|Location:||Grayson Highlands, Wilson Creek, VA|
|Date:||May 23, 2020.|
|Time:||11 AM – 5 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.|
|Distance:||Approximately 4 miles.|
|Suitable for beginners?||Yes, if you are in good physical condition and can climb 3 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling!|
|Registration fee||Registration is free.|
|Pet friendly?||No dogs allowed.|
|Sponsorship amount:||The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raises $100 we will get very close to our goal.|
|Free shirt:||Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.|
|Hike director:||Hike director Wesley Calhoun credits long distance hiking with turning his life around and freeing him from the grip of addition. He wants to give back to others through this hike for what the Trail has given him.|
Every HIKE for Mental Health is an opportunity to:
- get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
- renew old friendships and make new ones
- have a great time hiking with a good group of people
- stand up against the stigma of mental illness
- discover your new favorite get-away
- raise money for a great cause
Come on out and join us!
If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us.
We are glad to talk with you about your hike and how you can help HIKE for Mental Health.
We hope you will make HIKE for Mental Health a part of your hike.
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