The region is named Virginia's Western Highlands and is part of the
Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Monterey, the county
seat, is located 45 miles west of the intersection of Interstates 81 and 64 in
Staunton. The headwaters of the James and Potomac Rivers are located here. The
contrast of our high, narrow ridges forested in hardwoods and our broad, open
valleys is breathtaking.
The annual Highland Maple Festival
draws upwards of 50,000 visitors and is designated a "Local Legacy"
by the Library of Congress. Highland County is the site of The Battle
of McDowell, the first victory of Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley
The county is 416 square miles of spectacular mountain
terrain. Home of the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge, where
participants enjoy some of the most beautiful rural countryside east of the
Mississippi River. Grueling ascents, thrilling descents, rolling valley roads
and breathtaking views from high atop the mountains of the Allegheny Highlands
guarantee a challenge for all cycling skill levels.