Highland County Maple Festival: 60 Years of Sweetness

The Highland County Maple Festival Celebrates 60 Years

The Highland Maple Festival

Every March, thousands of people make the twist and turn ride through the Alleghany Mountains for the Highland County Maple Festival. And this year will be no exception.

However, it will be a little sweeter as the festival marks its 60th anniversary.

So what makes Highland County so special? For starters, it’s one of the last unspoiled rural regions in Virginia.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. With mountain byways and back roads, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot” was designated a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999. Guests of the Inn at Old Virginia always rave about the quality and the fun they have at this treasured festival.

  What To Expect at The Highland Maple Festivalmaple syrup making

You’re sure to find all things maple, from treats like doughnuts, candy, and syrup to maple-glazed chicken and buckwheat pancakes! It’s a culinary experience like no other.

Plus, the Highland Maple Festival is an opportunity to see how maple tree sap is turned into maple gold!

Just pick up a map and tour one of the many sugar camps in the area. There are “Maple Sugar Tour” signs everywhere pointing you in the right direction.

The festival also has an exceptional arts and crafts show, which features approximately125 country and contemporary artisans from more than twelve states. You can easily spend most of your day here.

Maple Festival Arts & CraftsAnd then there’s the entertainment! Highland County is bluegrass music country and you’ll get to hear plenty of it. The Southern Rail Express will perform on Saturday night at The Highland Center. On Sunday, Rare Gold will also play at the Center. With this band, you’ll enjoy bluegrass and square dancing.

It’s a weekend of laidback fun and good eating! So when is it happening? This year, it will be March 10th and 11th and March 17th & 18th. The Inn at Old Virginia is a leisurely mountain drive to Highland County, so make plans to attend. We still got a few rooms available, so book your reservation with us now!




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