Virginia Backpacking – Shelters of the AT (Wise Shelter)

Today we’ll be looking at Wise Shelter. This shelter can be found in Grayson Highlands State Park in Southwest Virginia and is roughly around the 500 mile mark of the AT (going south to north).


In addition to thru-hikers, this shelter is typically used when doing a 3 day / 2 night loop near Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest point. The shelter is about 2.5 miles from the Massie Gap parking area at Grayson Highlands State Park. A privy is within 100 feet and a reliable water source is a couple hundred yards past the shelter.

The shelter will reasonably accommodate 6 people with nearby trees providing additional space for those looking to hammock camp. Continuing along the AT will eventually bring you to a fenced area known as The Scales.

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