Outdoor Recreation

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Alleghany Highlands.

About 50% of the Alleghany Highlands is national forest property, which means more room to play. The Alleghany Highlands is home to some of the finest mountain biking in the state of Virginia, including nearly 40 miles of trails in Douthat State Park. That’s just the beginning of the Alleghany Highlands Trails experience. You’ll find trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The Jackson River Scenic Trail, which runs parallel to the Jackson River, is quickly becoming one of the most popular rails-to-trails experiences in western Virginia.

bikes along the Jackson River Scenic Trail

friends tubing the Alleghany Highlands Blueway

For those who prefer to get their thrills on the water, paddling, boating and world-class fishing await on the region’s many rivers, streams and lakes. The Alleghany Highlands Blueway brings together the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers, along with Lake Moomaw and Lake Douthat, so you can choose to run some class I and II rapids, or enjoy exploring miles of wooded lake shore in search of that perfect fishing spot. Expert outfitters and guides are ready to help you have a great time on the water.