Visit the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia

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Looking for some great outdoor adventure?  Visit the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia with over 100 miles of trails, numerous lakes rivers and streams and scenic mountain vistas.  Whether you are looking for a relaxing outdoor adventure or interested in a challenging 100 mile bike event; whether you are an avid outdoorsman seeking a different style of triathlon or searching for a challenging but scenic run, the Alleghany Highlands has an event for you!  That’s what makes us, Uniquely Alleghany!

The Alleghany Highlands Triathlon – Saturday, May 16, 2015. 5K run, 3 mile paddle and 13 mile bike through the Alleghany Highlands.  Enjoy our beautiful mountain scenery and blueways as you run, paddle, and bike.  The paddling component makes this a unique triathlon.


The Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon, 10k 5k, and 1 Mile Fun Run – Saturday, June 27, 2015. The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river and old railroad bed. The course is a smooth crushed gravel surface; mostly flat with some light hills. Coincides with the Covington Cork and Pork celebration so great food, wine, beer and entertainment await all finishers!


The Alleghany Gran Fondo – Saturday, July 11, 2015. No need to cross the Atlantic for an Old World cycling experience -the Alleghany Highlands’ has it all. With electronic chip timing and King of the Mountain competitions, this event has all the elements of the classic European Gran Fondo.   Three routes: Piccolo – 25 miles; Medio – 60 miles and Gran -100 miles.


Lake Moomaw 1 Mile Open Water Swim – Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Lake Moomaw One Mile Open Water Swim will take place on Saturday August 1st, 2015 amid the beautiful mountain landscape and breathtaking scenery of the Alleghany Highlands.

In addition to these great events, explore the Alleghany Highlands Blueway comprised of two lakes and two scenic rivers that offer great paddling, fishing and boating opportunities. Each river and lake has its own unique personality and history, not to mention secret fishing spots. Take your time and spend a few days exploring the entire Alleghany Highlands Blueway including the Jackson River, Cowpasture River, Douthat State Park and Lake Moomaw.  

If you are ready for some hiking on peaceful wooded trails with breathtaking mountain views, you’ll find plenty of options in the Alleghany Highlands.  If you’d prefer to explore the mountains on two wheels, our region is famous for having some of the best mountain biking trails in Virginia.  If you enjoy trail riding on horseback, it’s time to saddle up.  Over 100 miles of trails are waiting to be explored.

Contact the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, 110 Mall Road, Covington, VA 24426

Phone:  540-962-2178, 888-430-5786




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