You are so right!  The Mt Rogers area IMO is the most beautiful backpacking area in VA!  Dolly Sods (WV) comes in second (for this area).  Looking to head out there if we ever get a dry weekend!

Why do I think MRNRA (Mt Rogers National Rec Area) is so good?  It's not in a tree tunnel, you have actual views of the blue ridge and surroundings hills.

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