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Get Away from It All in Highland County, Virginia

There’s no better place to find solitude in nature than the mountains and waters of the least populous county in Virginia. Whether you are fishing in the headwaters of the James and Potomac rivers, hiking secluded trails, or just gazing up at the dark starry night sky, this is your basecamp for getting away from it all.

Panoramic Climbs and Views

Climb over 100 steps up Sounding Knob Fire Tower for breathtaking 360 degree views from sunrise to sunset.  Immerse yourself in history while hiking along the pristine McDowell Battlefield Trail, or explore the ridgetops of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail. Cyclists should plan to visit for the annual Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge—the first Saturday of August—for over 10,000 feet of climb over 105 miles. Of course, a visit to Highland County wouldn’t be complete without a taste of local maple syrup found at sugar camps, downhome restaurants, and restored general stores.

Sounding Knob Fire Tower courtesy Blue Ridge Geographics LLC

Rest Stop:

Right off the intersection of Highway 220 and 250 in the town of Monterey, The Curly Maple is a bakery, lunch spot, and grocer perfect for a driving break. Lodging is even available above the store with each room in a unique Highland theme!


  • Richmond, VA- 155 miles east
  • Charleston, WV – 190 miles west
  • Washington, DC – 190 miles northeast

Cover Photo: Credit Laura Honaker Photography

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