Humpback Bridge, Alleghany Highlands
The only covered bridge of its type of construction now standing in the U.S., the Humpback Bridge lays claim to being the oldest of Virginia's remaining covered bridges. The bridge was built in 1857 and is a 100 foot long single span structure, 4 feet higher in the center than at either end, thus the name "Humpback". There is a five-acre wayside park at the site, complete with restroom facilities and picnic tables. The site is used as a wedding venue and makes an incredible backdrop to the special day - weddings must be coordinated with VDOT.
C&O Railway Heritage Center, Alleghany Highlands
The C&O Heritage Center offers a multi-dimensional railroad heritage experience that tells the story of the C&O Railway from its beginning in 1836 to today's CSX. Come spend and afternoon watching trains from the signal tower, tour the museum and equipment, ride the Little C&O, blow the whistle, or sit down beside the pot belly stove in the replica passenger station and play a game of checkers.
Covington Farmers Market, Alleghany Highlands
Many communities have farmers markets, a great place to buy locally grown and handmade items. But the Covington Farmers Market has all that and an award-winning architectural gem in the form of a new structure. Instructors and students from Virginia Tech got hands-on experience as they put what they learned in their studios to practice in the real world. All of the goods sold there are produced within 100 miles. So the students, who designed and built the project, tried to source building materials within that same radius as well. Re-purposed wood from an old building in Clifton Forge was donated to Covington to be used in the design of the structure.
Falling Spring Falls, Alleghany Highlands
One of the largest falls in Virginia, Falling Spring Falls can be viewed while driving on U.S. 220 between Covington and Bath County. The falls were once visited by Thomas Jefferson and he ranked Falling Springs high on his list of impressive and sublime works of nature in Virginia. The falls drop from an overhanging ledge, a rare type of fall in a state where most falls are cascades and slides. As is often the case, Falling Spring Falls are much more beautiful than this photo conveys.
Last Updated: 1/24/2012 11:55 AM