Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands

Outdoor opportunities are abundant in Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands where approximately 50 percent of the land is located within national forest. The Alleghany Highlands Blueway is comprised of two mountain lakes and two scenic rivers that offer great paddling, fishing and boating opportunities. The grandkids can fish, twenty-somethings can wakeboard, and families can kayak — there truly is something for everyone.

The Jackson River has nearly 30 miles winding through the Alleghany Highlands. The Jackson meets the Cowpasture River to form the headwaters of the James River.

Douthat State Park, one of Virginia’s oldest state parks, offers Douthat Lake, a 50-acre lake with swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.

Lake Moomaw has miles of undeveloped, wooded shoreline perfect for exploring by canoe or kayak yet large enough for sailing and motorboats.

Alleghany Highlands is home to one of the country’s most exceptional historic landmarks, Humpback Bridge. Built in 1857, it is the oldest surviving arched, covered bridge in the United States.

The Alleghany Highlands offers diverse lodging including chains, inns, B&B’s, cabins, campgrounds and resorts like The Homestead and Greenbrier Resort. The area offers many opportunities to eat, shop and visit interesting historic and cultural venues, such as the newly renovated Historic Masonic Theatre.

If you are looking for your next destination, look no further than the Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands where folks are friendly, fish plentiful, outdoor and other opportunities abundant. It’s Uniquely Alleghany! Go to or for more information.