The Alleghany Highlands is filled with historic sites and scenic beauty.

Enjoying the natural beauty and seeing many of the historic buildings and landmarks is totally free.

Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your stay:

See Humpback Bridge

Humpback Bridge

This historic covered bridge is located on Route 60, just three miles from downtown Covington. It is believed to be the oldest bridge of its design in the nation, which is just one reason that visitors come from all across the country to see it.

The bridge is now part of a scenic, five-acre wayside park that is a popular place to relax and enjoy a picnic. It’s also the site of one of the most unique LOVEworks displays in Virginia. 
Bring your camera and snap some photos of one of the most iconic structures in Virginia.

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View Falling Spring Falls

Falling Spring Falls

It’s unusual for such a breathtaking natural wonder to be viewed from a roadside overlook. Luckily, Falling Spring Falls is located along Route 220 just a few minutes drive north of Covington. The remarkable site has captured visitors’ imaginations for hundreds of years. While serving as Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson described Falling Spring Falls as a “truly remarkable cascade.”

There is a parking area and viewing area that offers a great view of the falls with an incredible backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains.

Please note that hiking to the bottom of the falls is not allowed and is considered trespassing.

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Pedal, Walk or Jog on the Jackson River Scenic Trail

Jackson River Scenic Trail

Enthusiasts of rail-to-trail projects will love the Jackson River Scenic Trail. It runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River and offers amazing views of the river, as well as the nearby mountains. The mostly flat terrain and crushed gravel surface make the trail handicap accessible and a pleasant walk or bike ride for families.

The southern terminus is conveniently located just outside of downtown Covington. There are three other access points along the trail between Covington and Lake Moomaw. A final segment is currently under construction. When complete, the trail will be 16 miles and cross into neighboring Bath County.

Note: If you need to rent bikes or use a shuttle service, an outfitter is available at a reasonable fee.

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Learn about the Civil War

Civil War Markers brochure


Like all of Virginia, the Alleghany Highlands was deeply affected by the American Civil War. Four official Civil War Trail markers explaining the role of the Alleghany Highlands in the war are located around the region. The stories range from daring raids to the location of blast furnaces that supplied iron to the confederacy.

The first marker is located near the Alleghany Highlands Visitor Center. Pick up a brochure and map there and visit all four markers. The brochure and map can also be downloaded as a PDF.

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