Free Things to Do in the Alleghany Highlands
The Alleghany Highlands is filled with historic sites and scenic beauty. Enjoying the natural beauty and seeing many of the historic buildings and landmarks is totally free. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your stay.
• See Humpback Bridge
This historic covered bridge is located on Route 60 just three miles from downtown Covington. It is believed to be the oldest bridge of its design in the nation. People come from all across the country to see it. Bring you camera and snap some photos of one of the most iconic structures in Virginia.
• View Falling Spring Falls
It’s unusual for such a breathtaking natural wonder to be viewed from the side of a road. Luckily, Falling Spring Falls is located along Route 220 north of Covington. There is a parking area and viewing area that offers a great view of the falls with an incredible backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains.
• Pedal, Walk or Jog on the Jackson River Scenic Trail
There are four convenient access points to this beautiful rails-to-trails conversion, including southern terminus, which is located just outside of Covington. The trail runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River, so no matter where to access it the scenery will be spectacular.
Note: If you need to rent bikes or use a shuttle service, an outfitter is available at a reasonable fee.
• Learn about the Civil War
Four sites significant to the region’s role in the American Civil War are located in the Alleghany Highlands. Official markers explain the importance of each site. A free brochure with map is available at the Alleghany Highlands Visitor Center, or it can be downloaded as a PDF.