Mount Rogers is the highest natural point in the Commonwealth of
United States, with a summit elevation of 5,729 feet (1,746 m) above mean sea level. The summit straddles the border of
Smyth Counties, Virginia, about 6.45 miles (10.38 km) WSW of
Troutdale, Virginia. Most of the mountain is contained within the
Lewis Fork Wilderness, while the entire area is part of the
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which itself is a part of the
Jefferson National Forest.
The mountain is named for
William Barton Rogers, a Virginian educated at the
College of William & Mary, who taught at William & Mary and the
University of Virginia, became Virginia's first State Geologist,
 and went on to found the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The summit is most easily accessed from
Grayson Highlands State Park by following the
Appalachian Trail southbound for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to a blue-blazed trail leading to the summit, which is covered by trees and marked with four
National Geodetic Survey
triangulation station disks; a standard station disk marked with an equilateral triangle and three standard reference disks marked with arrows pointing towards the station disk. One reference disk has been obscured by dense overgrowth.
 Because the Appalachian Trail passes within a half mile of the summit, the area is especially popular with hikers.
The summit of Mount Rogers, Virginia.