October 7 – 9, 2022:
Hands & Harvest Festival
March 11-12 & 18-19, 2023:
Highland County Maple Festival
If you’re planning on coming to Highland County for the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail, why not coincide your visit with one of our events? Get details on upcoming major activities here.
Several sugar camps that are part of the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail are open during the annual Hands & Harvest Festival and Wintertide in the fall and winter of the year. Feel free to stop in to have your passport stamped without a need to schedule an appointment! You can stir apple butter, press cider, shop local for holiday gifts, and enjoy so much more during these special events. Learn more about each one by clicking on the respective links below.
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 note that due to potential high volumes of people and the busy time to produce syrup, passports will be unable to be stamped from March 6 – 19, 2023. *** (Photo courtesy Virginia Tourism Corporation)
Please click this link for further details about the Maple Festival.