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Top Things for Families to Do in the Alleghany Highlands

The Alleghany Highlands welcomes families with children of all ages. There is no shortage of fun things for kids to do while visiting. The region is famous for its outdoor beauty and recreation, which offers exceptional memory-making experiences for families. The region also has a railroad heritage and a vibrant arts community, both of which mean old-fashioned fun for kids.


• Catch a fish

fly fisherman on AH BluewayThe Alleghany Highlands Blueway, which includes the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers and Lake Moomaw and Douthat Lake, all offer excellent fishing opportunities.


• Climb aboard a train

Learn all about the history of the railroad in the Alleghany Highlands while having fun at the same time. The C&O Railway Heritage Center tells the story of how the railroad impacted the community and the nation. The center also features restored cabooses, a dining car, a replica signal tower and more.


• Get Artsy

Clifton Forge School of the ArtsBrowse one of the many shops and galleries to find a perfect piece to take home as a souvenir of your visit. If you’re adventurous enough, make your own art in a hands-on class at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.


• Hit the beach

kids splashing in lakeThat’s right – the beach in the Alleghany Highlands. Douthat State Park and Lake Moomaw both have public beaches on beautiful lakes surrounded by majestic mountains.

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