Welcome to Highland County

Our Upcoming Events:

September 24 – 25, 2021:
Southern Syrup Research Symposium

Details and schedule

October 8 – 10, 2021:
Hands & Harvest Festival

March 12-13 & 19-20, 2022:
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 activities here, or visit the following link for a more comprehensive list of Highland County events:!

Southern Syrup Research Symposium: September 24 – 25, 2021

The Southern Syrup Research Symposium on September 24th and 25th focuses attention on research and extension needs to expand the tree sap industry in “the southern tier” of syrup producing states. This year’s get-together is at WVU in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Join for updates on research and development grants our region has received, to hear from researchers on problems and opportunities specific to our region, and to take part in discussions on the adaptations sap and syrup producers are making to increase yields and maintain quality.  Register at by clicking here!  Get more details and schedule at

Hands & Harvest Festival: October 8 – 10, 2021

Celebrate the beauty and bounty of fall with the annual Hands & Harvest Festival in beautiful Highland County, Virginia!
Enjoy a Harvest Trail with tours of farms and some Virginia Maple Syrup Trail sugar camps for the tastes and sights of fall like freshly-cooked apple butter and freshly-pressed cider. Live entertainment includes Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven and the Little Switzerland Cloggers.  Shop uinique, one-of-a-kind gifts from arts & crafts vendors, watch artist demonstrations, climb over 100 steps up the Sounding Knob Fire Tower for breathtaking views, view the showing of the classic silent film Tol’able David, be amazed by rocketry, and take part in so much more for the entire family!  The Highland County Chamber of Commerce will be following current recommended CDC and VDH guidelines on COVID-19.  Visit for full schedule and events.

Highland County Maple Festival: March 12-13 and 19-20, 2022

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 7 – 20, 2022. ***
Please click this link for further details about the Maple Festival.