Virginia’s Western Highlands is located on the western edge of the famous Shenandoah Valley along the border with West Virginia.
You’ll find everything that Virginia is famous for – history, beauty, hospitality – plus a few surprises found only in the Western Highlands.
Craig County is the southern gateway to Virginia’s Western Highlands. More than 112,000 acres of National Forest give visitors to Craig County an enormous playground for fishing, hunting, birding, camping and hiking, including access to the famous Appalachian Trail. Step back in time as you stroll through historic New Castle and the one-of-a-kind town of Paint Bank, VA.
The Alleghany Highlands is home to two pedestrian friendly downtowns and one of the oldest covered bridges in the United States. The downtowns of Covington and Clifton Forge offer locally-owned shopping and dining opportunities as well as historic sites like the C&O Depot, a meticulously restored passenger rail station and the C&O Heritage Center which tells the story of the railroad and its vital role in the community. The Alleghany Highlands is perhaps best known for its outdoor recreation, including paddling, fishing, hiking and some of the best mountain biking in Virginia.
Famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation and cultural arts, the County of Bath is a captivating four season destination. Whether you are interested in visiting the world-renowned Omni Homestead Resort for a relaxing vacation, attending a concert at Garth Newel Music Center, visiting our shops and galleries, or renting a boat for a weekend fishing trip, the County of Bath has something for everyone.
The northern gateway to Virginia’s Western Highlands is Highland County, often called “Virginia’s Switzerland” because of its breathtaking mountains and expansive valleys. History is on display in the county seat of Monterey, frequently referred to as one of Virginia’s most picturesque small towns. The oldest house is a log structure built in 1790, while numerous grand Victorian homes built by timber barons between 1875 and 1920 line the streets. In nearby McDowell is one of the state’s most pristine Civil War battlefields where the Battle of McDowell was fought in 1862.