"Oh, the Southern Places You'll Go!"

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 30, 2019
Wild Pony on Appalachian Trail
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Planning a fall getaway? If you love seeing majestic members of the animal kingdom, consider a trip to Grayson Highlands State Park, an oft-overlooked state park nestled near Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.

There, visitors have the chance to see beautiful wild ponies going about their day on the Appalachian Trail. As Wide Open Country recently shared,"The area along the Appalachian Trail is one of the last remaining places where you can find feral ponies in the wild. According to the U.S. Forest Service, these animals were created as an experiment by local ranchers to see if horses could survive in the local area without (or with limited) help from humans. After breeding a horse with a pony, these wild ponies are the result, happily roaming free."

Indeed, these creatures are quite the sight to behold. While a Google search may reveal some of the more popular places to see ponies in the park, rest assured that spotting these animals is quite common.

Of course, the picturesque state park offers plenty of breathtaking views beyond only these wild ponies. For a park trail guide and information on camping and lodging, visit the Grayson Highlands State Park website here.

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