Guide To Outdoor Recreation Opportunities In The Western Highlands Released

In a press release dated October 25th, the Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council announced the publication of a guide to hiking, biking and riding trails. The Council is made up of tourism offices from Bath, Highland, Alleghany and Craig counties, and the 48-page guide includes descriptions and maps of trails in all four counties, including some that span multiple counties. The booklet uses icons to indicate which trails are open to hiking, biking and horseback riding.

The regional travel council will distribute the guides at local visitor centers and select Virginia Welcome Centers. They will also be available to local lodging establishments to distribute to guests interested in hiking, biking or riding. The entire guide can also be viewed online as an interactive flipbook that is tablet and mobile friendly.

Chris Swecker, Executive Director of the Highland County Tourism Council and Chamber of Commerce said “The number of trails included in this guide demonstrates that the four-county Virginia’s Western Highlands region has so much outdoor adventure to offer to visitors.”

Teresa Hammond, Executive Director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism added “We think this guide will be a valuable tool to bring outdoor enthusiasts to our region, and once they’re here, help them find a trail that meets their needs.”

The guide is made possible in part through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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