Grayson Highlands State Park is the crown jewel of warm weather bouldering in the state of VA, and arguably the best summer bouldering in the southeast. Grayson Highlands State Park (GHSP) is best known however, for all things scenic, hiking related, and basically for every facet of outdoor recreation in the Virginia's Appalachian Highland Region. As a state park, GHSP is home to 4,822 acres of pristine recreational opportunities and mountain solitude and is attached to an even larger Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. GHSP has become known nationally and internationally for the summertime bouldering opportunities, and has been long known as a scenic and beautiful destination for outdoor recreation in general. Be sure to call ahead and reserve campsites during peak season!
There are over 1000 listed boulder problems ranging from easygoing to advanced (VB-V12/13). The rock type found here is Rhyolite (in the highlands) and a unique, varying conglomerate or metasandstone (elsewhere in the park). The metamorphic sandstone is a sharp, geometric stone (hello Hound Ears fans) so you can be sure to find ultra steep, powerful, handsome faces on many of the boulders, blades, and fins protruding from the ground. On them will be crimpy rails, flakes, edges, pinches, and picturesque angular features.
GHSP's boulder fields have the highest altitudes in the southeast with the majority of the bouldering found in the 4,900' range and the Highlands Area reaching past 5,000' (the lookout at Grandmother Mountain in Boone is 4063').
There is a beautiful full color bouldering guidebook (find it here: www.brayackmedia.com/publishing/index2.html) a comprehensive website with much more information (find it here: graysonhighlandsbouldering.com/) and Mountain Project has more GHSP information than you can handle (here: www.mountainproject.com/v/grayson-highlands-state-park/106477419)