Points of Interest


McDowell Battlefield - Civil War site, Monterey - County Seat, Blue Grass Valley - Spectacular scenery in a farming environment, Virginia Trout Company, Maple Sugar Orchards, Highland Wildlife Management Area, George Washington National Forest.


Visitors come to Highland County to enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Special attractions include the Highland Maple Festival held each March, the McDowell Battlefield and peak foliage colors in autumn. The Highland Maple Festival takes visitors back to earlier days when trees were opened and sugar water was boiled down to make syrup. Maple Sugar camps throughout the county welcome visitors to view the process of syrup making.



Highland County's climate consists of moderately cold winters and comfortable cool summers. The normal average temperature is 47.6 degrees fahrenheit with summer temperatures averaging 70-80 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 42 inches.


Highland County was formed in 1847 from Bath and Pendleton counties. The county encompasses 416 square miles of spectacular mountain terrain and received its name from its prevailing high altitude. Highland County is rich in historic tradition. The Battle of McDowell was waged in Highland County during the Civil War. This was a significant battle in Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign. Monterey, the county seat, was established in 1848. Highland County is also rich in its natural resources. Agriculture plays a major role in Highland's economy.