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Virginia’s Western Highlands Trails

Explore – Hiking, Biking and Riding Trails

Much of the land in Virginia’s Western Highlands region is within a national forest or state park. That means there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore on foot or on a bike. This handy guide offers descriptions and maps for trails in all four counties. Pick up a copy in one of the welcome centers, or go green and view the online flip book below.


Jackson River Scenic Trail

Bikes along the Jackson River Scenic TrailOne of Virginia’s newest rail trails stretches across Alleghany County and into Bath County, in the center of Virginia’s Western Highlands. This multi-use trail is mostly flat, making it a popular place for biking, walking and trail running. The trail runs parallel to the Jackson River, offering beautiful views of the water and the nearby mountains and valleys.

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Barn Quilt Trails of Craig and Highland Counties

Huffman's Store Dutchman's Windmill Barn QuiltThe counties at the northern and southern gateways to Virginia’s Western Highlands both offer scenic drives to view old-fashioned barn quilts. The barn quilts are unique works of art that celebrate the rural heritage of the counties. Driving the trails to see them all is a great way to explore the back roads and enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s mountains.

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