Mount Rogers Horses
Climbing out of the deep valley where Damascus is nestled, the hiker will arrive at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 feet, is located within the recreation area and, while not on the Appalachian Trail, it can be reached by following a short (about .5 mile) blue-blazed side trail. Just north of the side trail a hiker will likely encounter the wild horses that are year-round residents of this section of trail. Nobody seems to know exactly how the herd developed but they are now an integral part of the hiking experience in the recreation area. When passing through be sure to keep an eye out for the herd. Picture taking is welcome, but the local rangers ask that hikers do not feed the horses.