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A Weekend in Alleghany Highlands, Va.


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. We love sharing it with visitors. It’s Uniquely Alleghany! 

Cover Photo: Lakeside Campground at Douthat State Park (photo by Sam Dean) 

Day One:


Start your day right with a fresh pastry and coffee to go from The Way Coffee Shop or Caffe Museo. You can also sit down and enjoy breakfast at Penny’s Diner. 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 a sandwich with homemade bread and a slice of pizza. 

Bucket list: Go for a scenic drive with stops at Humpback Bridge, the last of its kind in the U.S., and Falling Springs Falls, one of the most photographed spots in the county.


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 Boatlaunch for a three to four-hour trip. This 10-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.

Photo by W. Curry Photography


Treat yourself to dinner at The Rail Bar & Grille with live music, the Cat & Owl for fresh steak and seafood, or at Café Michel for an elegant French cuisine experience. Check in to one of several local inns, Airbnbs, or campsites for the night.   

Day Two:


Start at Top Notch Chicken for a breakfast menu full of tasty southern cooking options. 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.

Photo by Darren Seay


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 to the Historic Masonic Theatre & Amphitheatre for a movie or a show before turning in for the night. 

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