MOUNT ROGERS IS THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, WITH A SUMMIT ELEVATION OF 1,746 M (5,729 FT) ABOVE SEA LEVEL. IT LIES AT THE BORDER BETWEEN GRAYSON AND SMYTH COUNTIES, WITHIN THE MOUNT ROGERS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST.
Mount Rogers is the centerpiece of the United States National Recreation Area (NRA), which was established in 1966. The surrounding area claims a unique record of the geohistory of Virginia. There is evidence that the rocks are actually remnants of ancient volcanoes that were part of the landscape once.
The mountain was named after William Barton Rogers, a Virginia's first State Geologist, who went on to found the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The peak is most easily ascended from Grayson Highlands State Park along the Appalachian Trail to the south for approximately 5.6 km (3.5 miles). The area is especially popular among hikers all year round, due to the close proximity of the Appalachian Trail - the longest hiking-only trail in the world passing 14 states.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN VIRGINIA:
- Mount Rogers - 1,746 m (5,729 ft), at the border between Grayson and Smyth counties, Virginia, United States.
- Whitetop Mountain - 1,682 m (5,520 ft), at the border between Grayson, Smyth and Washington counties, Virginia, United States.
- Pine Mountain - 1,684 m (5,525 ft), in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia, United States.
- Buzzard Rock - 1,553 m (5,095 ft), at the border between Grayson, Smyth and Washington counties, Virginia, United States.
- Haw Orchard Mountain - 1,526 m (5,007 ft), in Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia, United States.
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