The Alleghany Highlands is considered Virginia’s outdoor playground with over 50% of the land located within National Forest. The region is home to over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding that can lead you to waterfalls, wildflowers or amazing mountain views.
With a trailhead located just minutes from downtown Covington, the 14.4 mile Jackson River Scenic Trail has a surface of finely crushed gravel and is well-suited for family bike rides and hikes. The trail is built on an old railroad bed that runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River and is host to the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon in June. The Alleghany Highlands also hosts one of the east coast’s most scenic road cycling events- The Gran Fondo Alleghany and a U.S. Masters Swimming certified one-mile swim event at beautiful Lake Moomaw.
Douthat State Park, at 4,493 acres, offers plenty of space for adventure on the trails and peace and quiet in the campgrounds and cabins. The park’s 50-acre lake offers trout fishing, boating and swimming at a sandy beach, but Douthat State Park is perhaps best known for its excellent hiking and mountain biking on 40 miles of trails ranging from easy to challenging.
The Alleghany Highlands Blueway is comprised of two mountain lakes and two scenic rivers that offer great paddling, fishing and boating opportunities. That means you can kayak or canoe on rivers with fun class I & II rapids or leisurely explore miles of lake shore. No matter which river or lake you visit, the fishing is always great.
If you are looking for your next destination, look no further than Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands where folks are friendly, fish plentiful, outdoor and cultural opportunities abundant. It’s Uniquely Alleghany!