It’s easy to get to the Alleghany Highlands, yet it couldn’t be further from the stress of a hectic life. Beautiful mountain views, endless outdoor recreation, and two walkable downtowns with locally owned shops and restaurants add up to a charming and adventurous way of life for locals and visitors alike. It’s Uniquely Alleghany!
Start your day right with a fresh pastry and coffee to go from Caffe Museo or The Way Coffee Shop. Once you’re fueled up and ready to go, hit the North Mountain Trail. At 6.8 miles out and back, you’ll be treated to mountainous views of the Alleghany Highlands as far as the eyes can see. When you get back to town, stop at Cucci’s Pizzeria for pasta or a slice of pizza or the James Burke House Eatery for a sandwich and homemade dessert.
After lunch, stop by Alleghany Outdoors, the newest outfitter in the area. Enjoy a trip on the Jackson River by kayak, tube or canoe. A shuttle will take you to numerous boat launches of your choice but a local favorite is at the Smith Bridge Boat launch for a three to four-hour trip. This ten-mile section of the river has several rapids through crystal clear waters. You will encounter beautiful mountain cliffs and abundant wildlife along this exciting float.
Treat yourself to dinner at The Brewhouse at Cliff View Golf Club featuring live music, the Cat & Owl for fresh steak and seafood, or at The Rail Bar & Grille for burgers and wings. Check in to one of several local inns, Airbnb’s, or campsites for the night.
Start with a delicious breakfast at Penny’s Diner, a 1950’s style diner located in Low Moor. Take a leisurely ride on the Jackson River Scenic Trail, a mostly flat, 14.4-mile rail trail that runs parallel to the water. If you don’t have a bike – Alleghany Outdoors has you covered! Afterwards, head to Trani’s Grille for wings, sandwiches, and more to keep your energy up. Or check out 42 Deli for a variety of hot and cold sub options as well as homemade pies and cheesecake.
Park at Douthat State Park, known for its world-class singletrack trails, for an exhilarating afternoon of mountain biking on Stony Run and Middle Mountain Trail. If you prefer to be on the water, Lake Moomaw has more than 40 miles of undeveloped shoreline and numerous hiking trails to enjoy.
Unwind with dinner at Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery, a local staple for great food and locally brewed beer or Michael’s New York Style Pizza for great Italian options. After dinner, head over to the Historic Masonic Theatre & Amphitheater for a movie or a show before turning in for the night.
Bucket List Item
A trip to the Alleghany Highlands would not be complete without venturing out to Humpback Bridge, the last of its kind in the U.S., and Falling Spring Falls, one of the most photographed spots in the county.