Virginia Cottongrass, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/30/2017.) Scientific name is Eriophorum virginicum. Photo below was taken in Grayson Highlands State Park, Grayson County, VA on Aug 3, 2016. Go to the Virginia Cottongrass detail page for more information and photos.
Virginia Cottongrass – Eriophorum virginicum
Thanks for another good year at USWildflowers.com in 2016.
Dozens of Small Green Woodland Orchids were blooming in Sullivan’s Swamp at Grayson Highlands State Park
Small Green Woodland Orchid, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/15/2016.) Scientific name is Platanthera clavellata. Photo below was taken in Grayson Highlands State Park, Grayson County, VA on Aug 2, 2016. Go to the Small Green Woodland Orchid detail page for more information.
Small Green Wood Orchid – Platanthera clavellata
Location / Name: Grayson Highlands State Park Hickory Ridge Campground, Mouth of Wilson, VA (Near Mt. Rogers)
Date: 08/01//2016 thru 08/05 (4 nights)
Grayson Highlands State Park came to my attention when I started rock climbing. I had heard it mentioned quite favorably several times in conversations in relation to bouldering, one form of rock climbing. On a trip to visit relatives in Roanoke, Virginia last year with my wife I wanted to swing by the state park to look it over, and we loved the ride up The Crooked Road and the wonderful views from within the park, so I knew then that at some point I wanted to spend a few days there in the campground. Things finally lined up and I was able to spend four nights there starting Aug 1, 2016. NOTE: Grayson Highlands State Park also has a horse campground that is not reviewed here.
Grayson Highlands State Park Wild Ponies – from the Rhododendron Trail