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    Default Leaving your car in the parking lot overnight.

    I was thinking about taking an overnighter in the Highlands and was wondering if anyone had any trouble with leaving their cars overnight. I'll probably take a couple of buddies and hike a bit of the AT and camp overnight. I just want to come back to a car in the morning.

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    it's very safe inside the park but i personally wouldn't park a vehicle at the rt 600 or rt 603 trailheads

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    Borrow an empty, well used shotgun case, leave it open in plain view. Leave nothing else in plain view.
    Put a "For Sale" sign on your car. If a stupid would-be thief calls to see where you are so he can steal your ride, you have his phone# (if he's using a cell) on record.
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    Don't leave any valuables in the car, like music CD's or money.

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    Two suggestions:

    1) Park at Massie Gap inside Grayson Highlands state Park (I assume that's the "highlands" being referred to). It's safer there than at VA600/Elk Garden or VA603/Fox Creek.

    2) Park inside Grindstone Campground and take the Mt. Rogers Trail to the AT, then the AT north to the High Country. Same way back or you could get creative using horse trails but if you don't know the area, maybe not.

    Each of these options will involve a nominal entrance fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline View Post
    Two suggestions:

    1) Park at Massie Gap inside Grayson Highlands state Park (I assume that's the "highlands" being referred to). It's safer there than at VA600/Elk Garden or VA603/Fox Creek.

    2) Park inside Grindstone Campground and take the Mt. Rogers Trail to the AT, then the AT north to the High Country. Same way back or you could get creative using horse trails but if you don't know the area, maybe not.

    Each of these options will involve a nominal entrance fee.
    Thanks everyone. I think I will be doing this. Do you figure it will be pretty busy this time of year?

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    I would suggest hanging your car so no bears get inside......
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    If you leave your car at Graysons, the ponies might decide to take it for a joy ride. The parking area is patrolled fairly often. As for the other trailheads, no overnight parking at your own risk. There have been a few recent break-ins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    I would suggest hanging your car so no bears get inside......
    Yet another thread spills over.................
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    Quote Originally Posted by montag451 View Post
    Thanks everyone. I think I will be doing this. Do you figure it will be pretty busy this time of year?

    So long as you stay away from the shelters and horse camps, you shouldn't feel "crowded." A lot of dayhikers, backpackers, and equestrians use the High Country but if you avoid the few places they congregate you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker View Post
    Yet another thread spills over.................
    I just couldn't resist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    I just couldn't resist.
    Young Chin Music, it is futile to resist the dark side of The Farce.
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