Alleghany Highlands of Virginia Visitors Guide

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Welcome to the Alleghany Highlands. We’re glad you have chosen to visit our corner of

We enjoy a thriving arts community complete

Virginia. The Alleghany Highlands has so much to

with galleries, studios, theatre, dance and music.

offer, like the stunning beauty of the mountains and

We work hard to preserve and honor our historic

all of the great outdoor recreation – hiking, paddling,

treasures, including our railroad heritage. Most of all,

camping, fishing, and some of the best mountain

the Alleghany Highlands is a community of friendly

biking in Virginia.

people who embrace small town life. We greet each

The beautiful mountain surroundings inspire the

other and visitors with a friendly “hello.” These are a

people of the Alleghany Highlands in many ways.

few of the things that make us Uniquely Alleghany.

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Welcome to the Alleghany Highlands


Uniquely Alleghany








Getting Around & Maps

Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism 110 Mall Road · Covington, VA 24426 · 540-962-2178 · 888-430-5786 ©2020 All Rights Reserved. Photos courtesy of Alleghany Highlands Arts Council, Jada Callender, Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, Crawford Photography, Martha Crawford, W. Curry Photography, Sam Dean Photography, Department of Conservation Resources, Gavin Dressler, Escatawba Farms, Fire & Light Gallery, Jon Fitzgerald, Angie Hinebaugh, Cole Inman, Martin & Julie Macqueen, John Mays, Mountain State Overland, Greg Persinger, David Rooklin, Darren Seay, Josh Taylor, Lynda Thompson, Virginia State Parks and Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Visitor CENTER

10 Things to Do – THE ARTS & MORE



Our Visitor Center is conveniently located at Mallow Mall just off

12 Places to Stay

any questions you have about the Alleghany Highlands. We’ll help

I-64 at Exit 16. Our staff will offer a warm welcome and answer


you find accommodations and recommend places to dine and fun

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first stop. It’s Uniquely Alleghany.

things to do. So, make the Alleghany Highlands Visitor Center your

Places to Dine Annual Events



The Jackson River Scenic Trail is built on an old railroad bed that runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are allowed.

Built in 1857, Humpback Bridge is the only bridge of its design in the United States. The bridge is now part of a five-acre wayside park that is a peaceful spot for a picnic or a photo opportunity.


Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80’ waterfall that is one of the most visited and photographed spots in the Alleghany Highlands. It’s located along Route 220 just north of Covington.

So many things make the Alleghany Highlands a unique and special place to visit. From friendly people who treat everyone like old friends to adrenaline pumping mountain bike trails, we hope you’ll stay long enough to discover the many things that are Uniquely Alleghany.

A great resource for planning your visit is our official website, The site is full of beautiful photographs, helpful links, maps and a complete list of festivals and special events.

Douthat State Park was one of the original six Virginia State Parks opened in 1936. The park features a lake with swimming and fishing. There are tent and RV sites, an equestrian camping area and cabins for rent. The park is perhaps best known for its 40 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

The Historic Masonic Theatre is an architectural treasure and stands as a testament to the vision of earlier citizens of the area who sought to foster entertainment It’s Uniquely Alleghany 3 opportunities and community fellowship.


Non-stop adventure has never been more relaxing. The beautiful mountains in the Alleghany Highlands are more than just scenery. They provide a natural, year-round playground for residents and visitors to enjoy. If you love the great outdoors, you’ll be busy from sunrise to sunset. You can run a few rapids on the river; pull a trophy fish from the cool, clear water; lace up your shoes and hike up a mountain; or ride some of the best mountain biking terrain in the state of Virginia. All this and more is waiting. Visit for a detailed listing of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Hiking/Biking/Horseback Riding Alleghany Outdoors*: 1903 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-969-1800 · Hours: 9am to 5pm April - October Alleghany Outdoors is an outfitter located at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail that provides both river and bike trail experiences for locals and tourists visiting the Alleghany Highlands. They offer paddle trips on the 11 mile stretch of the Jackson River from Smith Bridge to Intervale. They also run bike trips on the entire length of the Jackson River Scenic Trail. Alleghany Outdoors is located minutes away from Douthat State Park, The Homestead and Greenbrier Resorts. Douthat State Park*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro; Take Exit 27, I-64, near Clifton Forge. 1-800-933-PARK or 540-862-8100 · Part of the Virginia Park system, Douthat has over two dozen trails, most of which are excellent for biking or hiking and range from easy to difficult; there is one equestrian trail and Beaver Dam Equestrian Campground as well.

Eastern National Children’s Forest*: The Eastern National Children’s Forest is a unique site offering an easy hike for children and others who want an outdoor experience without an arduous and challenging hike. In 1972, over 1,000 children converged on the site from surrounding states and planted pine trees on the site. Since the planting, a diverse forest ecology has developed with species of various soft and hardwoods. George Washington National Forest Trails*: Contact the James River Ranger District at 540-962-2214 for more details · Hiking, biking, birding and wildflower trails Jackson River Scenic Trail*: Exits 14 & 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 220 N. Turn left at signs reading “Intervale” and “Dressler Drive.” Parking is immediately to your left. · Developed from an old railroad bed and part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The trail follows the Jackson River and provides many views of the water and wildlife. Biking, hiking and horseback riding are permitted. Call Alleghany County Parks & Recreation for more information: 540-863-6622

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ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS TRAILS There are dozens of trails covering over 100 miles in the Alleghany Highlands. The Alleghany Highlands Trails brochure and website have compiled everything you need to know to choose the right trail for your interests and ability level. Some trails offer hiking, biking or horseback riding. Pick up a trail guide at the Visitor Center or view it online at





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A L L E G H A N Y H I G H L A N D S B L U E W AY The Alleghany Highlands Blueway is not a typical blueway. The Alleghany Highlands Blueway combines two rivers and two beautiful lakes to offer visitors many different kinds of water recreation. Kayaking and canoeing on the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers can range from a peaceful float to Class II and III rapids. Douthat Lake and Lake Moomaw offer many miles of shoreline to explore as well as camping and excellent fishing. Plan your visit at, where you’ll find maps, outfitters and FAQs.

Green Pastures*: Call Forest Service for directions and times of operation. 540-962-2214 (James River Ranger District) Rich in history and beauty. Constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp F24. Biking, hiking and horseback riding are permitted. The four main trails are considered difficult, but afford the visitor possible sightings of deer and turkey as well as flowers, rock cliffs and ridgetops.

Alleghany Sportsman: 1023 Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-2116 Commonwealth Arms: 840 Mallow Rd., Covington · 540-962-0007 Escatawba Farms*: (guided tours available/fly fishing in creek or ponds) Alleghany County · 540-962-6487 for detailed directions and info Michael Michie’s Guns*: 5704 Forty Two Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-969-9830 Mountain Top Hunting & Fishing Supplies: 212 N. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-4868 Walmart: (fishing licenses) 313 W. Thacker Rd., Covington 540-962-6670

Lake Moomaw*: Take Exits 14 or 16, I-64, follow signs to Rt. 220 N. to VA 687 and follow signs to Lake; OR take Exit 10, I-64, follow signs to Lake. 540-962-2214 (James River Ranger District) · Several miles of trails where hiking and biking are permitted with some trails affording beautiful views of the lake; no horseback riding. TransVirginia Bike Route: · A 550 mile gravel bikepacking route from Washington DC to Damascus, VA, that traverses a variety of remote areas in Virginia’s beautiful mountains, national forests and phenomenal gravel roads.

Canoeing/Kayaking/River Floats Contact the chamber for updated rental information. Alleghany Outdoors*: 1903 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-969-1800 · Hours: 9am to 5pm April - October Offering kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and bike rentals on the scenic Jackson River. All trips by reservations. Covington Farm & Fuel*: 121 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington · 540-962-1983 Kayak rentals and transportation to and from river locations.


Snow Skiing The Homestead*: 540-839-1766 · · Seven ski trails and bunny slopes. Snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and an ice skating rink. Private lessons are offered for all ages.

Water Sports/Other Facilities Covington City Pool*: West end of Main Street, Covington 540-965-6369 (in season) or 540-965-6360 · Pool (handicapped accessible), shower and restrooms. Open June through Labor Day. Swimming lessons and pool rentals for private parties upon request. Douthat State Park*: 540-862-8100 · 50-acre lake, sandy beach, bath houses, boat rentals The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex & River Rock Amphitheater*: Edgemont Dr., Covington · 540-965-6360 · Playground, open turf sports (soccer, flag football, field hockey); 5 lighted tennis and basketball courts; baseball; outdoor fitness equipment; putting range; picnic shelters; restroom facilities. Amphitheater has free concerts each Saturday night in summer. Lake Moomaw*: 540-962-2214 · 2530-acre lake, sandy beach, bath houses, boating, fishing, boat rentals

The Jackson River is rated #25 in Trout Unlimited’s Guide to the Top 100 U.S. Trout Streams and voted Blue Ridge Outdoor’s Best Public Fly Fishing Spot, or try your luck in one of the many lakes, streams, and rivers. For information on regulations and seasons, visit

Overlanding/Off-Roading Experiences: · For more information on these experiences, please contact the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540-962-2178.

Alleghany County Circuit Court: (fishing licenses) Courthouse, 266 W. Main St., Covington · 540-965-1730

YMCA*: 101 YMCA Way, Covington · 540-962-YMCA(9622) · Indoor pool, exercise classes, aquatics, indoor track, wellness center, and child watch

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Thunder Alley: 104 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-962-5500 · Bowling center with full-service snack bar & game room.

It’s Uniquely Alleghany


Things to Do – HISTO RIC SITES

The quality of life we enjoy every day in the Alleghany Highlands would not be possible without the vision and hard work of those who came before us. We treasure the gifts they left for us – like historic homes and our beloved Humpback Bridge. We also strive to preserve our past, especially our extensive railroad heritage. Not only does the Alleghany Highlands have a working railyard and an Amtrak passenger station, it’s also home to the C&O Railway Heritage Center where you can get a hands-on experience with an old-fashioned signal tower, restored rail cars and more. 701 Engine: Located at the Main Street Park on the West end of Main Street in Covington. · · Restored Chesapeake and Ohio steam locomotive 701, known affectionately as the Merry Widow. The 701 was built in May of 1911 by the American Locomotive Company for the Hocking Valley Railway in Ohio. It was acquired by the Chesapeake and Ohio in 1930 when the Hocking Valley was merged into the C&O.

Civil War Trail Markers: Four official markers indicating the Civil War historic significance of each site. Averell’s Salem Raid, Exit 16, Visitors Center at Mallow Mall (pick up a Civil War Marker brochure here); Lucy Selina Furnace and Australia Furnace, Exit 35, ½ mile west on Route 60 on right; and Jackson River Depot, Exit 24, turn right onto Selma-Low Moor Rd./Route 696, 1 mile on right at Oakland Church.

Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society: 515 E. Pine Street, Covington · 540-962-1501 · Active in preserving the genealogical records of Alleghany County and the surrounding areas in Virginia and West Virginia. Library and archives at the above location and access to birth, marriage and death records and hundreds of old photos. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or call or e-mail Inna Henderson at 540-962-1501 or or to set up an appointment.

Falling Spring Falls*: From Exit 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 220 North; falls are approximately 7 miles from the City of Covington and located directly on Rt. 220, on the left (between Covington and Hot Springs) A peaceful, scenic wayside. Thomas Jefferson described it as a “remarkable cascade...falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.” One of the largest falls in Virginia, it cascades from an overhanging ledge, and is easily visible from the roadway.

C&O Depot* and Alleghany Historical Society*: 149 S. Maple Ave., Covington · 540-965-0149 · Refurbished 1908 depot and 1890 freight depot and headquarters to the Alleghany Historical Society; also serves as a museum. Contains items about the history of the railroad and surrounding area, along with changing exhibits. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Admission: Free C&O Historical Society*: 312 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-2210 · · Engineering drawings circa 1870s-1960s; mechanical drawings circa 1920s-1980s; general reference files, books & periodicals; photo images circa 1870-present with approx. 150,000 official photos taken by C&O, Chessie System & CSXT; Corporate Minute Books & Records of 136 companies predecessor to C&O. Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. C&O Railway Heritage Center*: 705 Main Street, Clifton Forge 540-862-8653 · · Nestled in scenic mountains at milepost 277 on C&O Railway Heritage Trail, offering a multi-dimensional railroad heritage experience that tells the story of the C&O Railway from its beginning in 1836 to today’s CSX. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., March through December. Closed January and February. Admission: Adults $8; children under 12 $5; COHS members & children 2 & under, Free




Historic Masonic Theatre*: 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge · A three-story, Beaux Arts brick building with pilastered facade, a cove ceiling lobby and original performance hall with stage and balcony, the historic theatre has been transformed into a performing arts, entertainment, education, and community facility. Once known as The Mason Hall and Opera House, the building was constructed in 1905. Steeped in local history, the Historic Masonic Theatre remained the oldest continuously operating theatre in the Commonwealth of Virginia until closing its doors temporarily in 1987. The Historic Masonic Theatre has been restored to its former glory. Visit their website for a current listing of events. Industrial Heritage & Technology Discovery Center: Coming soon – The Discovery Center builds on the materials-oriented industries that have had prominence in the region for the past 200 years. Highlights include a timeline wall, interactive displays, hands-on activities, people and local culture of the time and much more.

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Things to Do – HI STO R I C S IT E S

Humpback Bridge*: · Rt. 60 W of Covington; Exit 10, I-64, then 1 mile east on Rt. 60; or from east, Exit 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 60W, approx. 6 miles · The only covered bridge of its type of construction now standing in the U.S. The bridge was built in 1857 and is a 100 foot long single span structure, 4 feet higher in the center than at either end, thus the name “Humpback.” There is a five-acre wayside park at the site, complete with restroom facilities and picnic tables. The site is also used as a wedding venue and for Easter Sunrise Services (weddings must be coordinated with VDOT). Admission: Free

Oakland Church and Cemetery: Low Moor-Selma Road, Selma Va. (Old Rt. 60) OR From Exit 21, I-64 W, left off ramp, stay on Selma-Low Moor Rd., cemetery on left (approx. 2 mi.); Exit 21, I-64 E, right off ramp, stay on Selma-Low Moor Rd., cemetery on left (approx. 2 mi.) Caution: Narrow Underpass off Exit 21 OR From Exit 24, I-64 W, turn left off ramp then right onto Selma Low Moor Rd., cemetery will be on right; Exit 24, I-64 E, turn right off ramp, then right onto Selma Low Moor Rd., cemetery on right · Built in 1847 of bricks burned in nearby ovens and brought to the site in saddlebags, the church has the original pews of 12” solid chestnut. The balcony was the area where slaves of neighboring landowners worshiped, and doors on either side admitted men and women separately. The church served as a hospital during the Civil War. The cemetery antedates the church and contains the burial spots of 12 Confederate soldiers. Admission: No admission. (Church is not open to the public, but interior is visible from outside) Wrightsville Heritage Museum: 702 Wrightstown Rd., Covington (Exit 16, I-64) 540-962-6787 · Historical artifacts, some of them dating back to slavery. Paintings, furniture, machinery, newspaper articles, clothing, books and many more artifacts dating back to the mid to late 1800s along with more modern, contemporary works. Hours: Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., or by appointment Admission: Free

DOWNTOWNS OF THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS There are many reasons why a visit to the Alleghany Highlands is a relaxing getaway – outdoor fun, scenic mountain views, and, of course, the charm of small town life. The Alleghany Highlands has not one – but two – great downtowns to enjoy. The Town of Clifton Forge and the City of Covington are classic mountain towns that feature locally-owned shops and restaurants, as well as historic sites. Less than 20 miles apart and connected by the Jackson River, each community has its own unique personality. During your visit to the Alleghany Highlands, we hope you’ll take the time to explore both charming towns.

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the centers of home town life.

Surrounded by natural beauty and rich in history, see why these two downtowns are Uniquely Alleghany.

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Getting Around

It’s easy to get to the Alleghany Highlands.

Downtown Covington:

Interstate 64 runs through the region, making it an easy drive from Washington, Baltimore, Richmond and many other mid-Atlantic cities. Once you arrive, getting around the Alleghany Highlands is hassle free. Miles of quiet country roads are great for scenic drives by car or motorcycle. You can also choose to leave your car behind and arrive by train. Amtrak has arrivals and departures into downtown Clifton Forge three days a week. For a truly special weekend getaway, combine the beauty and hospitality of the Alleghany Highlands with the romance of rail travel. Fare and schedule information can be found at The Alleghany Highlands is also easily accessible from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport and Greenbrier Valley Airport.

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Getting Around Downtown Clifton Forge:

Amtrak passes Humpback Bridge on its way to Clifton Forge.

Things to Do – THE ARTS & MO RE

It’s not surprising that a place of such wondrous natural beauty inspires our artistic side. Dozens of local artisans display their work at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center or in other local galleries. Performing arts such as dance, theatre and music also thrive here. The curtain rises on a variety of events throughout the year. Check our website,, for a schedule of events.

THE ARTS: Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center*: 439 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · From the east, Exit 27, I-64; from the west, Exit 24, I-64 540-862-4447 · · The gallery’s changing exhibits feature works produced by Highlands artists, as well as artists from other areas. The shop sells juried handmade items, such as: pottery, wooden ware, jewelry, stained glass, needlework, quilts & other fiber & graphic arts.. Hours: January-April: Tues.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; May-December: Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Free Alleghany Highlands Arts Council*: 450 W. Main St., Suite 201, Covington · 540-962-6220 · For many years, the Arts Council has brought inspiring, live professional performing arts events to the area. The annual series includes regional and local performances, as well as a children’s series. The Performing Arts Series has been recognized as one of the most highly successful entertainment & cultural series in the state. Appalfolks of America Association*: Located at 1047 Ingalls Street in Clifton Forge, Appalfolks has created a rich legacy by forming The Virginia Opry that debuted in Clifton Forge on October 16, 1992, at The Historic Masonic Theatre that was operating as The Historic Stonewall Theatre at the time. On July 1, 2020, The Virginia Opry has been designated as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s official Opry. Appalfolks owned and operated the theatre for 12 years before donating it to the Town of Clifton Forge in 2003. STARS (Special Theatrical Artists Revue and Showcase), a troupe of 29 performers who have intellectual challenges and/or physical disabilities, debuted in 1996 in the theatre and continues to serve the community along with The Virginia Opry. Clifton Forge School of the Arts*: 518 Church St., Clifton Forge 540-862-7275 · · The community art school of the Alleghany Highlands offering a broad range of fine and applied arts to children and adults. Offering hundreds of classes and workshops annually for all ages and interests. The school also offers a historic mill that is home to the annual German Christmas Fair – Kriskindlmarkt and the MayFaire – a celebration of Spring & the Arts. Garth Newel Music Center*: 403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 · · High-quality musical performances, educational programs and personal interaction among musicians and guests. Historic Masonic Theatre & Amphitheatre*: 510 Main Street (Theatre), 513 Church Street (Ampitheatre), Clifton Forge · 540-862-5655



888-430-5786 · Constructed in 1905, the Masonic Theatre operated as an opera house and mason hall and has undergone renovations to restore it to its former glory. It features live music and theatrical performances and is home to the Virginia Opry and the Southern Gospel Review. Amphitheatre offers outdoor performances including concerts, shows, auctions, flea markets and outdoor movies; also has a community park. Admission: Varies by performance

& MORE: Blue Ridge Vineyard*: 1027 Shiloh Drive, Eagle Rock, VA 24085 540-798-7645 · · Come to the country, linger in the barn, watch for wildlife in the spacious pasture, marvel at the beautiful mountains of the Blue Ridge, and enjoy the fruits of the vineyard. You can traipse through the vineyard, follow the nature paths, picnic anywhere, and look for Logan (the bear). Chimney Springs View*: 514 Mount Pleasant Dr., Covington 203-912-1976 · Outdoor photography venue The Farm at Glen Haven*: 4301 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge 434-962-5822 · · Steeped in over 185 years of Alleghany County history, a unique event venue located along the Cowpasture River. From weddings, to live music, our guests revel in the natural beauty of our stunning mountain views, pristine river and acres of wildflowers. Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 402 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5624 · Merry Go Round Farm: 3730 Llama Drive, Covington · 804-339-3434 Voted Best Wedding Venue in Virginia Living Magazine. It would be hard to find a more scenic spot, with its 18th-century log cabin, a converted barn, gardens, mountain views and even peacocks roaming the landscape.

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Things to Do – SHO P P IN G

You’ll want to take your time and enjoy the unique, locally-owned shops in our downtowns. In the Alleghany Highlands, you won’t find large, impersonal mega-malls. Instead, you’ll find friendly people ready to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. A Fresh Cut Above Flowers & Gifts: 229 W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-7477 Alleghany Floral Boutique: 218 N. Maple Ave., Covington · 540-965-0731 Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center*: 439 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4447 The Art Store*: 518 Church St., Clifton Forge 540-968-3639 Barnwood Blessings: 352 W. Main St., Covington · 540-958-9174 The Bee Hive Farm Stand: 536 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-6214 Blue Spring Run Farm*: 3901 Blue Spring Run Road, Covington · 540-747-2055 C&O Railway Heritage Center Gift Shop*: 705 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-8653 Cato Corp.: 317 W. Thacker Rd., Covington 540-962-4575 Clifton Forge Antique Mall: 528 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7123 Clifton Forge Trading Post & Pawn: 800 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-865-0201 Club Car Shop & Deli*: 525 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-0777 Country Garden Florist: 501 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4143

Court Avenue Mini Mart*: 221 N. Court Ave., Covington · 540-962-2211 Crafty Ladies and Friends: 1712 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-962-3100 Dollar General: 1264 S. Craig Ave., Covington 540-962-0083 OR 820 Main St., Clifton Forge 540-862-1120 Dollar Tree: 321 W. Thacker, Covington 540-962-5478 Family Dollar: 1123 S. Craig Ave., Covington 540-962-3502 OR 1600 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5306 The Flower Center*: 400 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-1979 Gray’s Fine Jewelry: 716 S. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-2310 Image Express*: 362 W. Main St., Covington 540-962-3633 Jackson River Garden Center: 484 W. Riverview Drive, Covington · 540-965-4004 Kims Fab 5 Boutique*: 293 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-0508 Livy’s Closet*: 507 E. Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge · 540-865-0373 Lollie’s Quilt Shop*: 515 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7845

Loving Art Gallery*: 342 N. Maple Ave., Covington · 540-962-4687 Mary Anne’s Antiques & Things: 205 W. Edgemont Dr., Covington · 540-965-3344 Merle Norman*: 344 W. Main Street, Covington 540-962-8455 The Moody Carpenter: 504 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-0662 Mountain Field Market*: 431 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-863-4445 Northwest Ace Hardware*: 432 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5656 Olde Town Mercantile: 383 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-2499 Paul & Paula’s Sport Cards: 236 N. Court Ave., Low Moor · 540-862-7844 Pig Iron Country Store*: 204 Westvaco Rd., Covington · 540-960-2499 Sew Many Quilts: 431 W. Main St., Covington 540-962-0023 Snake Run Antiques: 3205 Snake Run Rd., Covington · 540-559-4108 Tractor Supply: 105 Mall Rd., Covington 540-965-6546 Walmart: 313 Thacker Ave., Covington 540-962-6670

ARTS & CULTURE The creative minds of artists are at work in the Alleghany Highlands. Where there is nothing, they see something. Where there is silence, they hear a melody. Where there is beauty, they create even greater beauty. In a place known for beautiful mountain surroundings, a vibrant arts community makes the Alleghany Highlands a more colorful place to live and visit.

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Places to Stay

You’ll feel right at home from the moment you arrive in the Alleghany Highlands. THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS HAS A NUMBER OF SCENIC & UNIQUE LODGING OPTIONS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON AIRBNB & VRBO.

Hotels & Motels Budget Inn Motel: 420 N. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-3966 Coffee maker, fridge, microwave, cable tv

Hampton Inn*: 701 Carlyle Street, Covington · 540-962-1200 · Free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, microwave and refrigerator in every room, exercise facility, outdoor patio with fire pit; on site business center.

Beds & Breakfast / Inns Big Lick Retreat*: 1400 Big Lick Rd., Hot Springs · 540-947-1862 · Nestled in the mountains surrounding Lake Moomaw, the four lodges offer lake and mountain views and unparalleled outdoor amenities: hiking, biking, fishing, watersports, and wildlife – with all the comforts of home! Stoney Bottom and Lakeview Lodges are equipped with efficient heating, air conditioning and satellite TV.

Cliff View Golf Club, Inc.*: 410 Friels Dr., Covington · 540-962-2200 or 1-888-849-2200 · · Set in the midst of the Allegheny Mtns. along the Jackson River; country atmosphere, with pampering, southern hospitality, 9 bedrooms with private baths; one 3-bedroom suite with whirlpool tub.

Highland Motel: 720 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-3901

M Star Hotel*: 908 Valley Ridge Rd., Exit 16, I-64, Covington 540-9627600 or 1-866-HTLSCOV · Cable tv, fridge, coffee maker, grill/picnic area * ** *Magnuson Hotel **use of Compare Inn Magnuson Hotel*: 820 E. Madison Ave., Exit 16, I-64, Covington 540-962-4951 · Cable tv, fridge, coffee maker

Coming soon – The Railroader Hotel: 314 Commercial Ave., Clifton Forge Travelodge by Wyndham*: 123 Westvaco Rd., Exit 21, I 64, Low Moor · 540-929-0977 · Adjacent to Penny’s Diner, open 24 hrs., microwave & fridge, HBO, near LewisGale Hospital Alleghany

Pinehurst Motel: 718 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-962-2154

Quality Inn*: 429 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-2131

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Evergreen Inn*: 1914 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-968-1724 · This 1900s home was renovated in 2019 with all new furnishings and offers 4 apartment style rooms. The inn is located steps from the Jackson River and Jackson River Scenic Trail, providing guests with easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation. Kayak, canoe, tube & bike rental is located right across the street at Alleghany Outdoors or, just relax on the spacious front porch and enjoy the evening sounds!

Hill Crest Mansion Inn*: 1100 McCormick Blvd., Clifton Forge 540865-0359 or 385-201-4106 · · 100-yearold Historic Greek Revival Home nestled on the top of the Alleghany Hills of Virginia. 7 Federal Style guest rooms, 6 private baths. Guests are spoiled and pampered with 3 to 7 Course Silver Service Candlelight breakfast, afternoon tea time, and turn down service in the evening. Parties, weddings, special events also available.

The Red Lantern Inn*: 314 Jefferson St., Clifton Forge · 540-797-5000 · A 100-year-old building, completely renovated; casual overnight accommodations; 7 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, & common areas: living room, full kitchen, glassed-in porch & media room.

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Places to Stay



The Greenbrier*: 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 304-536-1110 or 1-800-453-4858 · The Greenbrier offers championship golf, fine dining, more than 50 activities, designer boutiques, 40,000 square foot world-class spa and a 103,000 sq. ft. gaming and entertainment venue.

Beaverdam Falls Outdoor Recreation & Camping: 1100 Kanawha Trail, Covington · Historic, unique nature preserve providing exclusive outdoor experiences in the Alleghany Highlands, offering visits of the Falls, event hosting, cottage rental, & two exclusive glampsites through the Tentrr App.

The Buckhorne Country Store & Campground*: Exit 27, I-64, 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4502 or 1-877-301-3817 · Pull in shady sites, cable tv, country store with various foods & 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream; 800’ from Douthat State Park

Camp ACCOVAC*: 33021 Mountain Valley Rd., Millboro · 540-862-4904 or 540-997-5964 · · Cabins, campsites, lodge, picnic shelters, outdoor amphitheater, conference facilities, swimming pool, bath house, hiking/biking trails, fishing pond, playground

The Omni Homestead Resort*: 1766 Homestead Dr., Hot Springs 540-839-1766 or 1-800-838-1766 · Located north of the Alleghany Highlands, the resort offers luxuriously appointed rooms & suites, superb dining in restaurants & lounges; 3 golf courses, European-style spa, horseback & carriage rides, shooting sports, fly-fishing, canoeing, bowling, paintball, hiking/biking trails, tennis, winter sports & more.

Douthat State Park*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro 540-862-8100 or 1-800-933-PARK · Cabins, campsites, conference facilities, picnic shelters, stocked lake, boat house, sandy beach, hiking/biking trails

Morris Hill Campground*: Exits 10, 14 or 16, I-64 to Lake Moomaw & Gathright Dam, St. Rt. 605, Covington · 540-962-2214 (info only) 1-877-444-6777 (reservations) · · Rustic campground, showers, also primitive camping; stocked lake; water sports; bath house, sandy beaches, hiking & in season hunting

GOLF The Alleghany Highlands is the perfect hub for a memorable golf vacation. You can warm up on the scenic local courses before venturing to one of the world-class courses within a one-hour drive, including The Greenbrier and The Omni Homestead Resorts. The affordable accommodations in the Alleghany Highlands will allow you to enjoy the putting green without spending too much of your hard earned green. Cliff View Golf Club & Inn*: 410 Friels Dr., Covington 540-962-2200; 18-hole public course Cliftondale Country Club: 2707 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge 540-862-2081; nine hole public course The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex*: Edgemont Dr., Covington · 540-965-6360; Driving range

The Greenbrier*: 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 888-326-9062 · · Four 18-hole championship courses, The Old White, The Greenbrier , The Meadows, and The Snead The Omni Homestead*: 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445 · 540-839-1766 · · Two 18-hole championship courses: the Cascades Course and The Old Course

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Places to Dine

The Alleghany Highlands has lots of unique, locally-owned restaurants to satisfy every appetite. Perhaps you’re looking for a quick and healthy meal to keep you going through a busy day of hiking, biking and paddling. Or maybe you’re ready for a leisurely meal with family or friends. Either way, your table is ready. 42 Deli: 423 E Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5505 Applebees Grill: 415 Thacker Ave., Covington · 540-965-2166 Arby’s: 1410 S. Durant Rd., Covington 540-962-4811 Bella Pizza Pasta & Subs: 1625 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4548 Buckhorne Country Store*: 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4502 Burger King: 900 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington 540-962-0319 Café Michel: 424 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4119 Caffé Museo*: 509 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-3639 Cat & Owl Steak & Seafood House*: 110 Karnes Rd., Low Moor · 540-862-5808 China House: 335 Thacker Ave., Covington 540-965-3888 China Wok: 1620 Main St., Clifton Forge 540-862-7788 Cliff Hanger’s Lounge*: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4808 The Club Car*: 525 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-0777

Douthat Lakeview Restaurant*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro 540-862-8111 Family Tree-Ts Café & Catering*: 204 Westvaco Rd., Low Moor · 540-816-3819 Hardee’s: 502 W. Ridgeway, Clifton Forge 540-862-2621 Hardee’s: 1122 S. Alleghany Ave., Covington 540-962-9257 Hot Dog House: 115 N. Maple, Covington 540-962-4042 Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 400 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5624 James Burke House Eatery: 232 W. Riverside Ave., Covington · 540-965-0040

The Rail Bar & Grille*: 905 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-965-6484 Rollers Smokehouse*: 204 Market Ave., Iron Gate · 540-862-4227 San-Juan Mexican Restaurant*: 1005 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-962-5450 Subway: Multiple Locations 1019 S. Craig Ave., Covington 540-965-3993

Luca’s Pizza*: 819 S Monroe Ave, Covington 540-962-5822

Love’s Travel Stop 9104 Winterberry Ave., Covington · 540-962-5660

McDonald’s: Multiple Locations 100 Mallow Mall, Covington 540-962-5660

Taco Bell: 812 E. Madison St., Covington 540-965-6519

Love’s Travel Shop 9104 Winterberry Ave., Covington · 540-962-5660

Cucci’s Pizzeria*: 562 E. Madison Ave., Covington · 540-962-3964 Daily Grind Coffee Bar: 383 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-2499

Dairy Queen Grill: 309 W. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-863-3791

Mountain View Restaurant: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4800

Double C Café: 315 R. W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-5051

Miyako Sushi Bar: 1134 South Highland Ave., Covington · 540-960-2207


Pizza Hut: 1128 S. Highland Ave., Covington 540-962-2159

584 E. Madison Ave., Covington 540-962-0146

Michael’s New York Style Pizza: Multiple Locations 127 E. Prospect St., Covington 540-962-8500

Penny’s Diner*: 123 Westvaco Rd., Low Moor · 540-965-0090

Kentucky Fried Chicken*: 810 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-962-3344

435 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-2360

Nowhere Brewing, LLC*: 320 W. Hawthorne St., Covington


Olde Town Ice Cream Shop: 379 W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-0026


Top Notch Chicken: 904 S. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-969-4441 Trani’s Grille*: 333 Thacker Ave., Covington 540-962-5504 Twink’s Route 220 Diner: 501 Market Street, Iron Gate · 540-862-7444 The Way Coffee Shop: 418 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4909 Weese’s Restaurant: 907 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-1231 Wendy’s: 1310 S. Craig Ave., Covington 540-962-6400 Whitey’s One Stop: 2710 S. Carpenter Dr., Covington · 540-962-1261

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Annual Events

The Alleghany Highlands knows how to have a good time. For more information on these and other activities, visit First Day Hike: Held in January at Douthat State Park · 540-862-8100 George Washington Train Show: Held in February in Clifton Forge. Model trains on display · 540-862-2210 St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Held March 17 in downtown Clifton Forge · 540-862-2000 Annual Art of Chocolate Festival: Held in April at Historic Masonic Theatre, Clifton Forge. Public tasting, demos, and judging · 540-862-4447 Easter Activities: Held in both Covington and Clifton Forge Spring Craft Show: held 3rd Saturday in April; Clifton Middle School, Covington; arts & crafts, jewelry, & more. · Alleghany Highlands Fishing Tournament: Held at Lake Moomaw 540-962-2178 Alleghany Highlands Triathlon: Run, kayak and bike event · 540-862-2000 Covington Farmers Market: Held May – October · Corner of Main & Monroe Streets, downtown · 540-862-0369 · Open Saturday Douthat Lake Run Cruise-In & Car Show: Held in May at Douthat State Park. Classic cars, music, games & activities · 540-862-8100 MayFaire: Held in May at Clifton Forge School of the Arts · 540-862-7275 · Middle Mountain Momma: Held in May. Bike event; Kenda National Cup qualifier; single day VA State Championship · 540-529-0462

Agony in the Alleghanies Gran Fondo: Includes four courses: Piccolo, Medio, Medio Mountain & Gran Fondo · 540-962-2178 Free Fun Fridays: Held June – August at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts Cork & Pork Festival: Held in June, downtown Covington, Kansas City BBQ Society Competition, entertainment, food, children activities, vendors, wine tasting, beer garden Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: Held in June at Jackson River Scenic Trail · 540-962-2178 Fiddlin’ by the River Bluegrass Festival: Held in June annually at the Jackson River Sports Complex Fourth of July Celebration: Activities held in downtown Clifton Forge and Covington Friday’s in the Park : Outdoor concerts held during the summer months in Covington Chamber Classic Golf Tournament: Held in August · 540-962-2178 One Mile Open Water Swim at Lake Moomaw: Held in August at Lake Moomaw 540-962-2178 · Street Scene: Held in August in Covington. Car show, music, activities & games, drawing 540-965-0058 Wrightsville Renewal Festival: Held in August 540-962-6787 Labor Day Weekend Activities with a parade in Covington

Clifton Forge Farmer’s Market: Held June – September Commercial St., between Main St. & Ridgeway in Clifton Forge · 540-862-2000 Open Friday

Adventure X-Fest: An adventure basecamp festival celebrating great live music and off-road adventures held at the Jackson River Sports Complex

Covington Lumberjacks Baseball: Valley League baseball in the summer months, Casey Field, Covington; free admission

Campsite Cook-Off: Held in September at Douthat State Park · 540-862-8100

Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Festival: Held in Clifton Forge; Celebrate the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands through song, dance, food & exhibits.

Uniquely Alleghany! Photo Contest: Held in September · 540-962-2178 Apple Day a Celebration of Appalachian Heritage & Arts & Crafts Fair: Held in October; held at Douthat State Park, 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro · 540-862-8100

Fall Craft Show: held 3rd Saturday in October; Clifton Middle School, Covington; arts & crafts, jewelry, & more. · Fall Foliage Festival: Held in October in Clifton Forge. Arts & crafts, music, shows & food · 540-862-3358 Hometown Halloween: Held in October in downtown Covington and Clifton Forge Newcomer’s Event: Held in October to welcome those new to the area 540-962-2178 Pumpkins in the Park & Mountain Magic Festival: Held in October at Jackson River Sports Complex, Covington. Pumpkin painting, hayrides & games · 540-965-6360 Something Wicked Haunted Happening: Held in October · 540-862-5655 Chamber Wine Tasting & Dinner: Held in November. Sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce 540-962-2178 Kriskindlmarkt: Held in November at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts in The Mill 540-862-7275 · Alleghany Highlands Chorale Concert: Held in December · 540-962-6220 Christmas Parades: Held in December in Clifton Forge, Covington & Iron Gate Clifton Forge Woman’s Club Holiday Home Tour: Held in December Hometown Holidays: Held in December in Covington & Clifton Forge. Activities include a visit from Santa, contests, food

Genuine small town personality even in the midst of a big festival. Charming downtowns, beautiful mountain views & friendly people who love to celebrate, all add up to great festivals featuring everything from railroad heritage to locally made arts and crafts. It’s Uniquely Alleghany.

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