Are you ready to experience something sweet?

 

Welcome to the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail!

 The Virginia Maple Syrup Trail highlights pure maple syrup in the central Appalachia area where the delicacy can be consistently made.  Maple syrup starts by collecting sugar water, or “sap”, from maple trees in late winter and early spring during the freezing and thawing cycle.  That sugar water is then boiled down to make delicious syrup.  The syrup producers’ sugar camps remain up year-round even outside of their busy processing season, and you can hear their stories, view their equipment and enjoy their tasty syrup.

 

 

Your passport begins in Highland County, home to the official maple festival of Virginia.  You’re invited to visit eight sugar camps in Highland County throughout the year, excluding the busy Maple Festival weeks and weekends in March, to learn the techniques of how maple syrup is uniquely produced at each one.  Call ahead to the sugar camps, schedule a visit for a tour, taste their syrup and get a stamp on your physical passport.  Passports are available at the sugar camps themselves upon arrival, at local businesses or at select Virginia Welcome Centers.  After all eight camps are visited, there will be a prize, but the real incentive is to have more one-on-one interaction with the farmers who run the camps.  Discover all that happens even beyond maple syrup on these these farms and in the scenic, unspoiled mountains of Highland County.  If you want to know where your food comes from, this a great family agritourism opportunity!

Virginia’s Sweet Spot, Highland County, is waiting for you to explore!

  • Pick up your passport
  • Schedule your tour
  • Visit a sugar camp
  • Get a custom stamp
  • Collect ALL 8 stamps
  • Get your free gifts
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Our Sugar Camps

Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard

In the heart of the Blue Grass Valley, the Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard is a multigenerational family owned business that produces “sugar water” in to sweet maple syrup! –Read More–

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers is a family-run sugar camp that you can join for high elevation views of western Highland County and a tour of the maple syrup making process. They have used materials from their farm, as well as equipment from the county that folks used over 100 years ago.  –Read More–

Mill Gap Farms

Mill Gap Farms is the only producer in Virginia who is certified Organic by the USDA. They utilize the latest technology from Vermont and Quebec to produce their maple syrup.  –Read More–

Duff’s Sugar House

Duff’s Sugar House is a small family-run, old-time sugar house where the trees are still “opened” by hand and the sugar water collected in buckets.  –Read More–

Back Creek Farms

The Lowry family has been making maple syrup since before the Civil War, and they still use the open pan passed down from Pat Lowry’s great-grandmother.  –Read More–

Sugar Tree Country Store & Sugar House

They utilize reverse osmosis techniques for making syrup but value the importance of old-fashioned family time to bring you a full range of maple products.  –Read More–

Bruce’s Syrup and Candies

Advancing beyond just old-fashioned buckets and kettles in the early days, they now utilize a vacuum system, reverse osmosis, state-of-the-art evaporator, filtration and bottling equipment.  –Read More–

Tonoloway Farm

Virginia’s only commercial producer of black walnut syrup. Visitors are welcome to taste the unique flavors of walnut syrup, hickory syrup, as well as classic wood-fired maple syrup.  –Read More–

Upcoming Events

Small Business Saturday at Laurel Fork Sapsuckers: November 28, 2020

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers will be open for local shopping and farm tours this Small Business Saturday (November 28th)  from 10 am to 4 pm.  Get your stamp on the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail and shop for maple syrups, vinegars, ramp salts, apple butter, and wood-turned and crochet items for all ages!  Learn more at https://laurelforksapsuckers.com/

Wintertide: December 5, 2020

Held annually during the first Saturday of December.  Slow your pace, and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the season during this special time of year in Highland County.  Experience a winter market, arts & crafts, tree lighting ceremony and more.  Click now for further details.

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Highland County Maple Festival: March 13-14 & 20-21, 2021

Held annually during the second and third weekends in March.  For over 60 years, visitors have been drawn to Highland County to tour real maple sugar camps for a cultural and culinary adventure! In 1999, The Library of Congress designated The Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy.” In 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed a bill into law designating the festival as the “official maple festival of Virginia.” Each year, tens of thousands of visitors are drawn to this unspoiled, rural region of Virginia to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and observe the process of maple syrup-making. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational experience that portrays a rapidly vanishing way of American life.  Please click now for further details.

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Stay, Play & Save

Gristmill Square

The Inn at Gristmill Square is a boutique 18 room inn located in the quaint village of Warm Springs in Bath County (Highland’s neighbor just a short drive southwest).  We feature an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant that, coupled with the inn, provide the perfect retreat for rest and relaxation. Guests are pampered with breakfast in bed each morning of their stay with a basket filled with freshly baked goodies!

 

DISCOUNT OFFER! Show your passport with at least 2 completed stamps, and we will offer mid-week guests 20% off lodging and a bottle of Highland County Apple Cider in their room (may not be consumed at the restaurant during dinner service).

 

The Inn at Gristmill Square and Waterwheel Restaurant

 

Address: 118 Old Germantown Road, Warm Springs, VA  24484

Phone #: 540-839-2231

Contact: Kate Loeffler:  kate@gristmillsquare.com

Website: www.gristmillsquare.com

 

Hizzoner’s Highland Haven

The Potomac River headwaters run through this gorgeous location, set on seven-plus acres. Catch and release rainbow and brook trout, or watch and listen to the water flow over the rocks while the wonderful woodland birds sing. The farmhouse dates from the early 1800s and offers the following amenities: three bedrooms with queen beds, 1½ baths, fully equipped kitchen and two gas fireplaces. Front and back porches enjoy spectacular daytime views of Highland County’s beautiful mountains and evening views of the Milky Way galaxy as it fills the night sky.

 

Hizzoner’s Highland Haven

Address: 1017 Blue Grass Valley Rd., Blue Grass, VA 24413

Phone #: 202-302-2268

Contact: Angela McNamara:  hizhighlandhaven@gmail.com

Website: www.vrbo.com/757148

The Farm House at Lucky Loop Hollow Farm

Enjoy the beauty of the mountains in this charming 5 bedroom farmhouse situated on a 250 acre working farm near Monterey.  The sprawling lawn is perfect for games, as well as lounging or taking in the sunset.  Hike farm trails or relax around the campfire under a blanket of stars.

 

 

DISCOUNT OFFER!  The Farm House offers a 10% discount for anyone who books through our website and shows at least one completed stamp on their passport.

 

The Farm House at Lucky Loop Hollow Farm

Address: 6423 Mill Gap Road, Monterey, VA 24465

Phone #: 540-499-2618  OR 540-414-2873

Contact: Marty & Rodney Leech:  thefarmhouseva@gmail.com

Website: www.thefarmhouseva.wixsite.com/the-farm-house

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