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Welcome to Virginia’s Western Highlands, where mountain views and old-fashioned charm can be found around every bend in the road.

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This four-county region is a land of contrasts. It’s home to unspoiled vistas that have barely changed in centuries as well as a world-class resort frequented by celebrities and presidents. Old-fashioned Americana lives on in charming small towns that offer a sophisticated artistic and cultural scene enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Take your time and wander the many back roads and scenic byways. Discover a favorite picnic spot or a secluded fishing hole. The more you explore, the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Western Highlands.

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Upcoming Events
  • Clifton Forge
    Kids Art Camp
    Monday, June 18, 2018 - Thursday, June 21, 2018
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    439 E. Ridgeway St.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Summer Art Camp I Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center (AHACC) youth art program is designed to foster an appreciation of art for students ages 8 – 12.  The Camp introduces students to a variety of materials and artistic concepts to evoke their curiosity and to hone their natural creativity.  Students will explore self-expression through various mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture as they delve into the elements and vocabulary of art. The class is taught by Clifton Middle School Art Teacher Kaarn Thomas.  Cost is $75 per child and will cover all materials. Contact the AHACC at  (540) 862-4447.  

    Date:
    Monday, June 18, 2018 - Thursday, June 21, 2018(9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/KidsArtCamp

  • Covington
    Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k
    Saturday, June 23, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon is held on one of the most scenic trails in the country.  The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river, winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head following an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland along the way. It's common to see wildlife from the trail (birds, turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer).  Our course is on the smooth crushed gravel surface of The Jackson River Scenic Trail. The trail is mostly flat with some light hills. All finishers will receive a medal.  Strollers will be allowed in the 5k event and will start in the back of the group at the start line.  The course is certified by USATF as a Boston Marathon qualifying marathon race. Coinciding with the fifth annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ in Covington, VA everyone is encouraged to stay following the race and visit this Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event.  While the barbeque will stand front and center as the centerpiece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities.      

    Date:
    Saturday, June 23, 2018(7:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178
    Fax: 540-962-2179

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/JRSTHalfMarathon10k5kand1mileFamilyFunRun

  • Warm Springs
    Bath County Triathlon: Moomaw Madness
    Saturday, June 23, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    8446 Bolars Draft Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Join us June 23, 2018 for our 15th Annual Bath County Triathlon held at the Marina at Lake Moomaw nestled in the Allegheny Highlands of the Virginia's Western Highlands. The Tri begins at 8 a.m. sharp and includes a 750 meter open water swim, 20k bike loop on closed roads, and a 5k run.  At the end of the event, prizes and awards will be given along with a free post race meal.  Pre-registration is recommended but you can also sign up the day of event. For lodging information and things to do during your stay, visit www.DiscoverBath.com and follow us on Facebook at Bath County Triathlon-Moomaw Madness. To register for the event, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/WarmSprings/MoomawMadness.

    Date:
    Saturday, June 23, 2018(8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-5409

    Email:
    executivedirector@countyofbathchamber.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyTriathlonMoomawMadness

  • Clifton Forge
    Kids Art Camp
    Monday, June 25, 2018 - Thursday, June 28, 2018
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    439 E. Ridgeway St.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Summer Art Camp I Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center (AHACC) youth art program is designed to foster an appreciation of art for students ages 8 – 12.  The Camp introduces students to a variety of materials and artistic concepts to evoke their curiosity and to hone their natural creativity.  Students will explore self-expression through various mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture as they delve into the elements and vocabulary of art. The class is taught by Clifton Middle School Art Teacher Kaarn Thomas.  Cost is $75 per child and will cover all materials. Contact the AHACC at  (540) 862-4447.  

    Date:
    Monday, June 25, 2018 - Thursday, June 28, 2018(9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/KidsArtCamp

  • Clifton Forge
    Ruth Wyand: Mama's Got the Blues
    Saturday, June 30, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Mama’s Got The Blues’  is a multimedia production by blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Ruth Wyand and film maker Jean Antolini.  The show features a live onstage musical score by Wyand while using film footage designed by Antolini projected on a screen behind the musician. In this merging of film and live music Wyand and Antolini take the audience on a musical journey with a radio like experience at the show’s opening then sets out exploring the Women who helped shape America’s rich Blues history. Wyand plays the songs of Women Blues Artist from the early 1900’s to the present who have blazed the trail of blues, jazz and rock and roll.  The songs of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday up to Bonnie Raitt plus a few others that have been overlooked and forgotten throughout history.  

    Date:
    Saturday, June 30, 2018(7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/RuthWyandMamasGottheBlues

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