Outdoor lovers who visit the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia to fish the cool waters, paddle the rivers or hike and mountain bike the many trails, may be missing out on two of the region’s most beloved icons. Outdoor enthusiasts can catch their breath between adventures and take time to visit two incredible sites. One is man-made and the other is formed by nature.
A quick five-minute drive outside of downtown Covington on Route 60 is where you’ll find the famous Humpback Bridge. Its unique design and beautiful setting have been drawing admirers from all around the country for more than a century. The covered bridge is the only one remaining anywhere in America that is built higher in the middle than on either end, which is the reason for its name. Since its construction in 1857, Humpback Bridge has surely seen its share of walkers, horses and carriages. Today it is the centerpiece of a peaceful five-acre wayside park complete with picnic tables. It’s a great spot to relax over a picnic lunch and plan your next outdoor adventure.
Follow Route 220 north from Covington for another spectacular roadside wonder. Falling Spring Falls is one of the most visited attractions in the Alleghany Highlands and it’s absolutely free. With the stunning 80-foot waterfall in the foreground and a panoramic mountain view in the background, this is a photo opportunity that no nature lover should miss. Falling Spring Falls is beautiful at any time of year, but when autumn colors are at their peak it will take your breath away.
Fall is a great time to visit the Alleghany Highlands. The cool evenings and pleasant daytime temperatures are ideal for just about any outdoor adventure. Whatever outdoor activity you love — paddling, hiking, biking, fishing, trail running, horseback riding — it’s available in the Alleghany Highlands, along with two very special sites to enjoy between adventures.