Outdoor Recreation

If you love the outdoors, youíll 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. Thatís just the beginning of the Alleghany Highlands Trails experience. Youíll find trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Hiking in the Alleghany HighlandsFor those who prefer to get their thrills on the water, paddling, boating and world-class fishing await on the regionís 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.

  • Covington
    Allegheny Trailhead
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    SR- 198/ Jerrys Run Trail
    Covington, VA 24426

    Twelve miles of the Allegheny Trail pass through the James River Ranger District. The Allegheny Trailhead provides an excellent access point for hikers headed for the Laurel Run Trailhead, 15 miles to the north on the Monongahela National Forest. This long distance trail crosses and follows the Eastern Continental Divide in the rugged Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia and Virginia. When complete, it will extend 330 miles from Preston County West Virginia, near the Pennsylvania border, to the Appalachian Trail in Monroe County, West Virginia. The Alleghany Trailhead can be reached by exiting I-64 at Jerry's Run (Exit 1).

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/AlleghenyTrailhead

  • Covington
    Casey Field
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Craig Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426

    Casey Field is located approximately one mile from Interstate 64 off of Craig Avenue. Casey Field is Covington's city stadium and is directly across from Covington High School. The field is a multi-use natural grass playing surface accommodating both baseball and football and serves as Covington High School's home stadium. Baseball games were first played in the spring and summer of 1962 as the facility was prepared for sports use after being used as a brick tannery. Casey Field is now home to the Covington Lumberjacks. The playing surface on the football field and baseball diamond are generally regarded as among the best in Virginia. Amenities include concession areas, restroom facilities, shower facilities, team locker rooms, press box facilities and seating for 2,000 spectators for baseball and 7,000 for football.

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/CaseyField

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge Downtown Historic District
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The City of Clifton Forge is in western Virginia nestled in the Allegheny Mountains at the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley and west of the Blueridge Parkway. The population is approximately 4,679. CSX Transportation's "mountain rail line" passes through Clifton Forge which has a rich railroad history. The City is home to the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society and The Stonewall Theater. Douthat State Park is just 7 miles from the city.

    Telephone:
    540-863-2501

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/CliftonForgeDowntownHistoricDistrict

  • Clifton Forge
    Douthat State Park in Alleghany
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Clifton Forge, VA 24460

    A traditional family park for more than 70 years, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because its design influenced the development of parks nationwide. Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat and bicycle rentals, a gift shop and camp store, and cabins. Plus, guest enjoy more than 40 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, an amphitheater, playgrounds, picnic areas, tent and trailer camping, a restaurant overlooking the lake, and nature and history programs. The park also features two completely furnished lodges that accommodate 15 and 18 guests each. It’s just 5 miles outside Clifton Forge. Exit 27 off Interstate 64 to State Route 629, then 7 miles north.  

    Telephone:
    Park Office: 540-862-8100
    Rservation Center: 800-933-7275
    Visitor Specialist: 540-862-8117

    Email:
    douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/DouthatStateParkinAlleghany

  • Covington
    Dry Run Trailhead
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    E Cypress Street
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Dry Run Trail is a scenic 9-mile trail offering excellent vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it passes near Big Knob, the highest point in Allegheny County. The trail begins at the end of Cyprus Street in Covington. It extends up Dry Run Creek and Peter's Ridge, crosses FDR 125 and ends at its intersection with the Fore Mountain Trail. It can also be accessed from FDR 125. Directions: From Covington: W Riverside St Bear right onto Hickory St Road name changes to E Hickory St Turn left onto N Greenbrier Ave Turn right onto E Cypress St Bear right onto E Cypress St Arrive at Dry Run Trailhead

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/DryRunTrailhead

  • Covington
    Eastern National Children's Forest
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    SR 18
    Covington, VA 0

    The Eastern National Children's Forest is a unique site offering an easy hike for children and others who want an outdoor experience without an arduous and challenging hike. In 1971 a wildfire burned 1,176 acres on Potts Mountain which is about 22 miles south of the City of Covington. In 1972, over 1,000 children converged on the site from surrounding states and planted pine trees on the site. Since the planting a diverse forest ecology has developed with species of various soft and hardwoods. A monument remains with the names of the participating children and a time capsule which is to be opened in the year 2072.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EasternNationalChildrensForest

  • Covington
    Escatawba Farms
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    6515 Dunlap Creek Rd.
    Covington, VA 24426

    Escatawba is the Native American word for “clear, running water.” That’s exactly what you’ll find here. And with it, some of the most spectacular fly-fishing in the world. Located in Alleghany County, Virginia, Escatawba Farms is home of Dunlap Creek, a freestone stream that runs in between wooded moutainsides and fenced pastures. For novice anglers and stillwater enthusiasts, Escatawba Farms boasts a one and a half-acre, spring-fed lake. Tucked back in the woods, back from the stream, holding dozens of big, cruising rainbows and brook trout, many of them citation size. To ensure a peaceful day we limit the number of rods on the stream for ideal angling.

    Telephone:
    540-962-6487

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EscatawbaFarms

  • Clifton Forge
    Evan's Tract on the Cowpasture River
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    SR 633
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Evan's Tract provides access to Cowpasture River and its adjoining fields and woodland. The hay fields along the river attract a variety of birds and butterflies, excellent site for water activites and wildlife observation. Directions From Callie Furnace, return to Rt. 622 and turn right; travel south 0.5 miles to Rt. 633. Turn left and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.4 miles to US 220. Cross US 220 and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.5 miles. Evans Tract is on the left just after crossing the Cowpasture River.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EvansTractontheCowpastureRiver

  • Covington
    Falling Spring
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Hot Springs Rd
    Covington, VA 24426

    Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80' waterfall that is one of the most visited and photographed spots in the Alleghany Highlands. The scenic waterfall is located on Route 220 in Alleghany County, just five miles north of Covington, Virginia. The property has had extensive renovations to the overlook and grounds, including a picnic area, so that visitors can more safely stop and enjoy the view.  Thomas Jefferson described the Falling Spring Falls as a "remarkable cascade...falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below."  One of the largest falls in Virginia, it cascades from an overhanging ledge, and is easily visible from the roadway. 

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Email:
    info@visitalleghanyhighlands.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/FallingSpring

  • Covington
    Fore Mountain Trail
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Off US Route 60 East of Covington
    Covington, VA 24426

    Fore Mountain Trail is a scenic 13 mile hikin and mountain biking trail in northern Alleghany County. Leaving Covington it rises to the top of Fore Mountain in a series of switchbacks. The hike to the ridge top is steep but during leaf off it offers some great views of the Covington Area. Once at the top, the trail runs the length of Fore Mountain. It switches from one side of the ridge to the other several times on the journey east. There are many clearings and ponds along the trail that offer good views and peaceful resting spots. At the end of the Fore Mountain Trail, the path continues on as Middle Mountain Trail to Douthat Lake in Douthat State Park, extending the 13 mile hike to a potential 18 mile hike if the hiker chooses the option of hiking to the State park.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/ForeMountainTrail

  • Clifton Forge
    Highlands Scenic Byway
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Interstate 64 West, Exit 43
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Highlands Scenic Drive is a 19 mile loop between Clifton Forge in Alleghany County and Interstate 64 at Lexington. The scenic drive is a must-see experience for all visiting Virginia's Western Highlands and makes the outdoors and nature accessible even to those who would rather not hike into a wilderness area. Take Exit 43 off I-64 westbound, go short distance on SR 780, turn left on Forest Road 447 to begin the 19 mile loop tour. 

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214
    Lexington Visitor Center: 540-463-3777
    VA Welcome Center: 540-559-3010

    Email:
    info@visitalleghanyhighlands.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/HighlandsScenicByway

  • Covington
    Humpback Bridge
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Midland Trail
    Covington, VA 24426

    Humpback Bridge is the only covered, humpback bridge remaining in the United States.  It's also a cherished landmark, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where residents and visitors alike gather for picnics, photos or simply to admire her beauty and craftsmanship. The bridge was constructed in 1857, and the design of the bridge, to be covered and arched, was to increase its longevity and keep the midpoint above flood waters.  This nearly 110 foot structure was built with a broad axe and put together with hand hewed locust pins.  The bridge was used for vehicular traffic on Route 60 (Midland Trail) until 1929.  In 1953, The Covington Business and Professional Woman's Club, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the area residents restored the bridge.  Three eras of transportation history can be seen at this site: the old road crossing Humpback Bridge, the new state highway bridge on Route 60 (Midland Trail) and the CSX railroad bridge. Fans of covered bridges come from all over the world to admire the historic Humpback Bridge.  It has been lovingly preserved and is now part of a five-acre wayside park.  It's uniquely Alleghany.      

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/HumpbackBridge

  • Covington
    Indian Draft - Jackson River
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Covington, VA 24426

    Indian Draft is a river access point along the Jackson and a potential put out point if floating down from Gathright Dam. The rapids at Indian Draft, although not large enough to cause any real danger, add a little excitement to the float down from Gathright Dam. Travelers pass through a corridor flanked by sycamores on both sides and a ceiling of clear blue sky. Each turn provides the observer with a surprise maybe a white-tailed doe and her spotted fawn or perhaps a family of wood ducks with their fluffy young. On closer inspection, the banks hold numerous varieties of wildflower. From I-64, take Exit 16 for US 220 N, turn left on US 220/US60, and make another left to remain on US 220 N for 5.2 miles. Make a slight left at Jackson River Road SR 687. Continue on 687 to Indian Draft.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/IndianDraftJacksonRiver

  • Iron Gate
    James River - Allegheny County
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Fork Farm Road
    Iron Gate, VA 24448

    Forming from the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers with its headwaters in the town of Iron Gate in southern Alleghany County, the James River offers a wide diversity of fishing opportunities. Bass, catfish and sunfish are the main species and the river boasts many public boat landings for canoes or other small craft.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178
    VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: 540-248-9360

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/JamesRiverAlleghenyCounty

  • Covington
    Johnson Springs
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Natural Well Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    Johnson Springs is a Jackson River Access Point. Johnson Springs provides access to a serene mirror calm stretch of the Jackson River. Massive sycamores stretch out over the river along the bank, hosting chickadee and titmouse flocks as they travel the river in search of food. Directions: North on US-220 Bear left onto Jackson River Rd Turn left onto Indian Draft Rd Bear right onto E Morris Hill Rd Turn right onto Natural Well Rd Arrive at Johnson Springs on the left (The last intersection is W Morris Hill Rd If you reach SR-687 / Jackson River Rd, you've gone too far)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/JohnsonSprings

  • Covington
    Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    George Washington National Forest
    6214 Fortney Branch Rd
    Covington, VA 24426

    13,428 acre T. M. Gathright Wildlife Management Area; 2,530 acre lake; year round boating, water sports, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting (in season); abundant wildlife includes bald eagles, white tail deer, turkeys, etc.; stocked lake; group picnic shelters; information center with observation deck; handicap fishing decks; sandy beachs with modern bathhouse adjacent; multiple ramps lighted docks. All National Forest land. Fishing: Alewife Trout (brown, rainbow and brook) Black Bass Yellow Perch Panfish Catfish Chain Pickerel Black Crappie Rock Bass Sunfish Boat Ramps Fortney Branch (south end) Bolar Flats (north end) Coles Mountain (south end) Camping Bolar Mountain (north end) McClintic Point (north end) Greenwood Point (midlake) Morris Hill (south end) Other Recreational Sites Coles Point (south end) - beach, bathouse, boat launch, picnic

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214
    540-962-2178

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LakeMoomawandGathrightDam

  • Covington
    Longdale Recreation
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    U. S. Forest Service District Office
    810 Madison Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426

    In the 1930's the Clifton Forge Chapter of the NAACP requested that the Forest Service construct a recreation area for use by the African Americans in the area. During this era, segregation in America was the norm, and African Americans were prevented from using forest facilities. The plans were approved in 1936 and construction of the recreation area began in 1938. On June 15, 1940, the area was dedicated as "Green Pastures Recreation Area" and opened to the public. Green Pastures was built by the Dolly Ann Civilian Conservation Corp Camp F24. The bath house, picnic shelter, and the two restroom facilities are all original buildings. The dam is also an original structure that was built by hand. On April 23, 1963, the name was changed to Longdale matching the community name. The Longdale community is a Virginia Historic District. L

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LongdaleRecreation

  • Covington
    Low Moor Shooting Range
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    FDR 616
    Covington, VA 24426

    Located between Clifton Forge and Covington. Exit I-64 at Low Moor (Exit 21), go past entrance of the Alleghany Regional Hospital, go through railroad overpass, turn right onto Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) and follow approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto FDR 616 at the sign to the shooting range just past the Virginia Power Company sub-station on the left. Six rifle benches and 3 pistol benches are under roofed shelter. Features are: rifle range-stationary targets at 50 and 100 yards, and pistol range-stationary targets at 25 yards. Moving targets, such as clay pigeons are prohibited, as are glass bottles. Shooters must supply their own targets and are asked to keep the range clean of litter by taking away all target materials with them. Parking available for 5 vehicles. The range is open year round.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LowMoorShootingRange

  • Covington
    Petticoat Junction - Jackson River
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Mays Lane
    Covington, VA 24426

    Petticoat Junction is an access along the Jackson River for canoes/kayaks (one could put in at Gathright Dam and float down the Jackson to this point). Petticoat Junction is the last pull out before floating down into Covington. From I-64, take Exit 16 for US 220 N, turn left on US 220/US60, and make another left to remain on US 220 N for 5.2 miles. Make a slight left at Jackson River Road SR 687. Turn left on Mays Lane. Go 0.2 miles to the riverfront. This site is also on the Virginia Birdiing and Wildlife Trail. According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "These surroundings support anticipated birds such as indigo buntings and song sparrows. Along forest edges these birds can be heard singing from prominent points and popping out of denser patches of scrub and grass. The woods ring with the familiar calls of Carolina wren, northern cardinal and northern flicker, while the river hosts great blue and green herons, wood duck and belted kingfisher. Butterflies such as eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple float between cardinal flowers and black-eyed Susans. The glittering ebony jewelwing sticks to shady sections along the stream, often sharing their perch with eastern painted turtles."

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/PetticoatJunctionJacksonRiver

  • Clifton Forge
    Rich Hole Wilderness
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s iron ore was mined from some of the hillsides in the area, and trees were cut to make charcoal for the iron ore furnaces. Traces of this activity, including an old mountain homestead with a small orchard, remain today in Rich Hole Wilderness. You'll find a mature hardwood ecosystem with large old hemlocks in the drainage bottoms, and chestnut oaks and pines on south-facing slopes where the Virginia sun warms them. Rich Hole Trail takes the hiker into the Wilderness area. The trail passes old growth hardwoods and passes by several impressive vistas. To access the upper trailhead from westbound I-64 take exit 43 and go right at the stop sign at the end of the ramp. Turn right on VA 850. Drive approximately 3 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/RichHoleWilderness

  • Clifton Forge
    Riders Up! Outfitters
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    509 E. Ridgeway Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Riders Up! Outfitters offers canoe/kayak rentals and sales, shuttle service and guide service on the Jackson, Upper James and Cowpasture Rivers. Our full service retail store carries products from Life is good, Columbia, Heritage Kayaks, Extrasport, NRS, Carlisle, Hatley,Fox River, Planet Dog, Yellow Dog Designs, Cloudstar and many more for both you and your four-legged friends. Let us bring the outdoors into your life!

    Telephone:
    540-862-7999

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/RidersUpOutfitters

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

If you love the outdoors, youíll 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. Thatís just the beginning of the Alleghany Highlands Trails experience. Youíll find trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Hiking in the Alleghany HighlandsFor those who prefer to get their thrills on the water, paddling, boating and world-class fishing await on the regionís 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.

  • Covington
    Allegheny Trailhead
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    SR- 198/ Jerrys Run Trail
    Covington, VA 24426

    Twelve miles of the Allegheny Trail pass through the James River Ranger District. The Allegheny Trailhead provides an excellent access point for hikers headed for the Laurel Run Trailhead, 15 miles to the north on the Monongahela National Forest. This long distance trail crosses and follows the Eastern Continental Divide in the rugged Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia and Virginia. When complete, it will extend 330 miles from Preston County West Virginia, near the Pennsylvania border, to the Appalachian Trail in Monroe County, West Virginia. The Alleghany Trailhead can be reached by exiting I-64 at Jerry's Run (Exit 1).

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/AlleghenyTrailhead

  • Covington
    Casey Field
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Craig Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426

    Casey Field is located approximately one mile from Interstate 64 off of Craig Avenue. Casey Field is Covington's city stadium and is directly across from Covington High School. The field is a multi-use natural grass playing surface accommodating both baseball and football and serves as Covington High School's home stadium. Baseball games were first played in the spring and summer of 1962 as the facility was prepared for sports use after being used as a brick tannery. Casey Field is now home to the Covington Lumberjacks. The playing surface on the football field and baseball diamond are generally regarded as among the best in Virginia. Amenities include concession areas, restroom facilities, shower facilities, team locker rooms, press box facilities and seating for 2,000 spectators for baseball and 7,000 for football.

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/CaseyField

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge Downtown Historic District
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The City of Clifton Forge is in western Virginia nestled in the Allegheny Mountains at the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley and west of the Blueridge Parkway. The population is approximately 4,679. CSX Transportation's "mountain rail line" passes through Clifton Forge which has a rich railroad history. The City is home to the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society and The Stonewall Theater. Douthat State Park is just 7 miles from the city.

    Telephone:
    540-863-2501

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/CliftonForgeDowntownHistoricDistrict

  • Clifton Forge
    Douthat State Park in Alleghany
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Clifton Forge, VA 24460

    A traditional family park for more than 70 years, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because its design influenced the development of parks nationwide. Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat and bicycle rentals, a gift shop and camp store, and cabins. Plus, guest enjoy more than 40 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, an amphitheater, playgrounds, picnic areas, tent and trailer camping, a restaurant overlooking the lake, and nature and history programs. The park also features two completely furnished lodges that accommodate 15 and 18 guests each. It’s just 5 miles outside Clifton Forge. Exit 27 off Interstate 64 to State Route 629, then 7 miles north.  

    Telephone:
    Park Office: 540-862-8100
    Rservation Center: 800-933-7275
    Visitor Specialist: 540-862-8117

    Email:
    douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/DouthatStateParkinAlleghany

  • Covington
    Dry Run Trailhead
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    E Cypress Street
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Dry Run Trail is a scenic 9-mile trail offering excellent vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it passes near Big Knob, the highest point in Allegheny County. The trail begins at the end of Cyprus Street in Covington. It extends up Dry Run Creek and Peter's Ridge, crosses FDR 125 and ends at its intersection with the Fore Mountain Trail. It can also be accessed from FDR 125. Directions: From Covington: W Riverside St Bear right onto Hickory St Road name changes to E Hickory St Turn left onto N Greenbrier Ave Turn right onto E Cypress St Bear right onto E Cypress St Arrive at Dry Run Trailhead

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/DryRunTrailhead

  • Covington
    Eastern National Children's Forest
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    SR 18
    Covington, VA 0

    The Eastern National Children's Forest is a unique site offering an easy hike for children and others who want an outdoor experience without an arduous and challenging hike. In 1971 a wildfire burned 1,176 acres on Potts Mountain which is about 22 miles south of the City of Covington. In 1972, over 1,000 children converged on the site from surrounding states and planted pine trees on the site. Since the planting a diverse forest ecology has developed with species of various soft and hardwoods. A monument remains with the names of the participating children and a time capsule which is to be opened in the year 2072.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EasternNationalChildrensForest

  • Covington
    Escatawba Farms
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    6515 Dunlap Creek Rd.
    Covington, VA 24426

    Escatawba is the Native American word for “clear, running water.” That’s exactly what you’ll find here. And with it, some of the most spectacular fly-fishing in the world. Located in Alleghany County, Virginia, Escatawba Farms is home of Dunlap Creek, a freestone stream that runs in between wooded moutainsides and fenced pastures. For novice anglers and stillwater enthusiasts, Escatawba Farms boasts a one and a half-acre, spring-fed lake. Tucked back in the woods, back from the stream, holding dozens of big, cruising rainbows and brook trout, many of them citation size. To ensure a peaceful day we limit the number of rods on the stream for ideal angling.

    Telephone:
    540-962-6487

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EscatawbaFarms

  • Clifton Forge
    Evan's Tract on the Cowpasture River
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    SR 633
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Evan's Tract provides access to Cowpasture River and its adjoining fields and woodland. The hay fields along the river attract a variety of birds and butterflies, excellent site for water activites and wildlife observation. Directions From Callie Furnace, return to Rt. 622 and turn right; travel south 0.5 miles to Rt. 633. Turn left and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.4 miles to US 220. Cross US 220 and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.5 miles. Evans Tract is on the left just after crossing the Cowpasture River.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EvansTractontheCowpastureRiver

  • Covington
    Falling Spring
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Hot Springs Rd
    Covington, VA 24426

    Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80' waterfall that is one of the most visited and photographed spots in the Alleghany Highlands. The scenic waterfall is located on Route 220 in Alleghany County, just five miles north of Covington, Virginia. The property has had extensive renovations to the overlook and grounds, including a picnic area, so that visitors can more safely stop and enjoy the view.  Thomas Jefferson described the Falling Spring Falls as a "remarkable cascade...falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below."  One of the largest falls in Virginia, it cascades from an overhanging ledge, and is easily visible from the roadway. 

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Email:
    info@visitalleghanyhighlands.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/FallingSpring

  • Covington
    Fore Mountain Trail
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Off US Route 60 East of Covington
    Covington, VA 24426

    Fore Mountain Trail is a scenic 13 mile hikin and mountain biking trail in northern Alleghany County. Leaving Covington it rises to the top of Fore Mountain in a series of switchbacks. The hike to the ridge top is steep but during leaf off it offers some great views of the Covington Area. Once at the top, the trail runs the length of Fore Mountain. It switches from one side of the ridge to the other several times on the journey east. There are many clearings and ponds along the trail that offer good views and peaceful resting spots. At the end of the Fore Mountain Trail, the path continues on as Middle Mountain Trail to Douthat Lake in Douthat State Park, extending the 13 mile hike to a potential 18 mile hike if the hiker chooses the option of hiking to the State park.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/ForeMountainTrail

  • Clifton Forge
    Highlands Scenic Byway
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Interstate 64 West, Exit 43
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Highlands Scenic Drive is a 19 mile loop between Clifton Forge in Alleghany County and Interstate 64 at Lexington. The scenic drive is a must-see experience for all visiting Virginia's Western Highlands and makes the outdoors and nature accessible even to those who would rather not hike into a wilderness area. Take Exit 43 off I-64 westbound, go short distance on SR 780, turn left on Forest Road 447 to begin the 19 mile loop tour. 

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214
    Lexington Visitor Center: 540-463-3777
    VA Welcome Center: 540-559-3010

    Email:
    info@visitalleghanyhighlands.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/HighlandsScenicByway

  • Covington
    Humpback Bridge
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Midland Trail
    Covington, VA 24426

    Humpback Bridge is the only covered, humpback bridge remaining in the United States.  It's also a cherished landmark, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where residents and visitors alike gather for picnics, photos or simply to admire her beauty and craftsmanship. The bridge was constructed in 1857, and the design of the bridge, to be covered and arched, was to increase its longevity and keep the midpoint above flood waters.  This nearly 110 foot structure was built with a broad axe and put together with hand hewed locust pins.  The bridge was used for vehicular traffic on Route 60 (Midland Trail) until 1929.  In 1953, The Covington Business and Professional Woman's Club, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the area residents restored the bridge.  Three eras of transportation history can be seen at this site: the old road crossing Humpback Bridge, the new state highway bridge on Route 60 (Midland Trail) and the CSX railroad bridge. Fans of covered bridges come from all over the world to admire the historic Humpback Bridge.  It has been lovingly preserved and is now part of a five-acre wayside park.  It's uniquely Alleghany.      

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/HumpbackBridge

  • Covington
    Indian Draft - Jackson River
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Covington, VA 24426

    Indian Draft is a river access point along the Jackson and a potential put out point if floating down from Gathright Dam. The rapids at Indian Draft, although not large enough to cause any real danger, add a little excitement to the float down from Gathright Dam. Travelers pass through a corridor flanked by sycamores on both sides and a ceiling of clear blue sky. Each turn provides the observer with a surprise maybe a white-tailed doe and her spotted fawn or perhaps a family of wood ducks with their fluffy young. On closer inspection, the banks hold numerous varieties of wildflower. From I-64, take Exit 16 for US 220 N, turn left on US 220/US60, and make another left to remain on US 220 N for 5.2 miles. Make a slight left at Jackson River Road SR 687. Continue on 687 to Indian Draft.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/IndianDraftJacksonRiver

  • Iron Gate
    James River - Allegheny County
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Fork Farm Road
    Iron Gate, VA 24448

    Forming from the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers with its headwaters in the town of Iron Gate in southern Alleghany County, the James River offers a wide diversity of fishing opportunities. Bass, catfish and sunfish are the main species and the river boasts many public boat landings for canoes or other small craft.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178
    VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: 540-248-9360

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/JamesRiverAlleghenyCounty

  • Covington
    Johnson Springs
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Natural Well Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    Johnson Springs is a Jackson River Access Point. Johnson Springs provides access to a serene mirror calm stretch of the Jackson River. Massive sycamores stretch out over the river along the bank, hosting chickadee and titmouse flocks as they travel the river in search of food. Directions: North on US-220 Bear left onto Jackson River Rd Turn left onto Indian Draft Rd Bear right onto E Morris Hill Rd Turn right onto Natural Well Rd Arrive at Johnson Springs on the left (The last intersection is W Morris Hill Rd If you reach SR-687 / Jackson River Rd, you've gone too far)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/JohnsonSprings

  • Covington
    Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    George Washington National Forest
    6214 Fortney Branch Rd
    Covington, VA 24426

    13,428 acre T. M. Gathright Wildlife Management Area; 2,530 acre lake; year round boating, water sports, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting (in season); abundant wildlife includes bald eagles, white tail deer, turkeys, etc.; stocked lake; group picnic shelters; information center with observation deck; handicap fishing decks; sandy beachs with modern bathhouse adjacent; multiple ramps lighted docks. All National Forest land. Fishing: Alewife Trout (brown, rainbow and brook) Black Bass Yellow Perch Panfish Catfish Chain Pickerel Black Crappie Rock Bass Sunfish Boat Ramps Fortney Branch (south end) Bolar Flats (north end) Coles Mountain (south end) Camping Bolar Mountain (north end) McClintic Point (north end) Greenwood Point (midlake) Morris Hill (south end) Other Recreational Sites Coles Point (south end) - beach, bathouse, boat launch, picnic

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214
    540-962-2178

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LakeMoomawandGathrightDam

  • Covington
    Longdale Recreation
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    U. S. Forest Service District Office
    810 Madison Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426

    In the 1930's the Clifton Forge Chapter of the NAACP requested that the Forest Service construct a recreation area for use by the African Americans in the area. During this era, segregation in America was the norm, and African Americans were prevented from using forest facilities. The plans were approved in 1936 and construction of the recreation area began in 1938. On June 15, 1940, the area was dedicated as "Green Pastures Recreation Area" and opened to the public. Green Pastures was built by the Dolly Ann Civilian Conservation Corp Camp F24. The bath house, picnic shelter, and the two restroom facilities are all original buildings. The dam is also an original structure that was built by hand. On April 23, 1963, the name was changed to Longdale matching the community name. The Longdale community is a Virginia Historic District. L

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LongdaleRecreation

  • Covington
    Low Moor Shooting Range
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    FDR 616
    Covington, VA 24426

    Located between Clifton Forge and Covington. Exit I-64 at Low Moor (Exit 21), go past entrance of the Alleghany Regional Hospital, go through railroad overpass, turn right onto Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) and follow approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto FDR 616 at the sign to the shooting range just past the Virginia Power Company sub-station on the left. Six rifle benches and 3 pistol benches are under roofed shelter. Features are: rifle range-stationary targets at 50 and 100 yards, and pistol range-stationary targets at 25 yards. Moving targets, such as clay pigeons are prohibited, as are glass bottles. Shooters must supply their own targets and are asked to keep the range clean of litter by taking away all target materials with them. Parking available for 5 vehicles. The range is open year round.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LowMoorShootingRange

  • Covington
    Petticoat Junction - Jackson River
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    Locality:
    Covington City
    Mays Lane
    Covington, VA 24426

    Petticoat Junction is an access along the Jackson River for canoes/kayaks (one could put in at Gathright Dam and float down the Jackson to this point). Petticoat Junction is the last pull out before floating down into Covington. From I-64, take Exit 16 for US 220 N, turn left on US 220/US60, and make another left to remain on US 220 N for 5.2 miles. Make a slight left at Jackson River Road SR 687. Turn left on Mays Lane. Go 0.2 miles to the riverfront. This site is also on the Virginia Birdiing and Wildlife Trail. According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "These surroundings support anticipated birds such as indigo buntings and song sparrows. Along forest edges these birds can be heard singing from prominent points and popping out of denser patches of scrub and grass. The woods ring with the familiar calls of Carolina wren, northern cardinal and northern flicker, while the river hosts great blue and green herons, wood duck and belted kingfisher. Butterflies such as eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple float between cardinal flowers and black-eyed Susans. The glittering ebony jewelwing sticks to shady sections along the stream, often sharing their perch with eastern painted turtles."

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/PetticoatJunctionJacksonRiver

  • Clifton Forge
    Rich Hole Wilderness
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s iron ore was mined from some of the hillsides in the area, and trees were cut to make charcoal for the iron ore furnaces. Traces of this activity, including an old mountain homestead with a small orchard, remain today in Rich Hole Wilderness. You'll find a mature hardwood ecosystem with large old hemlocks in the drainage bottoms, and chestnut oaks and pines on south-facing slopes where the Virginia sun warms them. Rich Hole Trail takes the hiker into the Wilderness area. The trail passes old growth hardwoods and passes by several impressive vistas. To access the upper trailhead from westbound I-64 take exit 43 and go right at the stop sign at the end of the ramp. Turn right on VA 850. Drive approximately 3 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right.

    Telephone:
    540-962-2214

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/RichHoleWilderness

  • Clifton Forge
    Riders Up! Outfitters
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    Locality:
    Alleghany
    509 E. Ridgeway Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Riders Up! Outfitters offers canoe/kayak rentals and sales, shuttle service and guide service on the Jackson, Upper James and Cowpasture Rivers. Our full service retail store carries products from Life is good, Columbia, Heritage Kayaks, Extrasport, NRS, Carlisle, Hatley,Fox River, Planet Dog, Yellow Dog Designs, Cloudstar and many more for both you and your four-legged friends. Let us bring the outdoors into your life!

    Telephone:
    540-862-7999

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/RidersUpOutfitters