Summer 2017 Outdoor Events – Fishing, Swimming, Running, Paddling & Biking

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Alleghany Highlands VA

Approximately half of the Alleghany Highlands is national forest property, which means more room to play outdoors. The Alleghany Highlands is home to some of the finest mountain biking and hiking in the state of Virginia, including nearly 40 miles of trails in Douthat State Park.

The more you explore the Alleghany Highlands the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Mountain Region.

The Alleghany Highlands Blueway brings together the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers.  Enjoy adventures at Lake Moomaw and Douthat State Park.  World Class Bass Fishing, Trails of all levels, Kayaking, Camping, Running, Biking, or create your own adventure.

Check out the Summer of 2017 Alleghany Highlands of VA Outdoor Events.  Share with friends – come enjoy the great outdoors of the Virginia Mountain Region.

Alleghany Highlands BIG BASS Fishing Tournament May 6, 2017

Tournament Day Check-in will start at 5:30am until 6:30am on May 6 at Lake Moomaw Fortney Branch location. Boats must be in the water by 6:45 am. The first boat will be released at 7:00 AM on the day of the tournament. Boats will be released in order to ensure safety of contestants. Failure to Check-In by 6:30am will disqualify your team.

WEIGH-IN:  All fish must be weighed at the assigned weigh-in time and place. Do NOT bring fish to weigh-in until boat if has been called. Boats may be trailered after 2:00pm. Please keep live well operating. A member of the team must sign the completed weigh-in sheet. Each team OR Individual will be allowed to bring 5 legal (12″) fish to the scales. All recorded and signed off weigh-ins are final. No re-weighs!

SCORING: Scoring will be determined by pounds and ounces. The tournament winners will be determined by total weight accumulated during the tournament fishing time allotted. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed. Five (5) fish limit per individual OR team. All bass weighed must be at least 12″in length. If in the judgment of the tournament officials any bass presented for weigh—in has been mashed, mauled or mangled, that bass will not be counted in the team score. Bass presented for weigh»in which fail to measure the established minimum length shall accrue penalties at the rate of one pound for each such bass and the short bass will not be weighed. Fish will be measured with the mouth closed and will be legal if the fanned tail touches the 12″ or appropriate line. Each competitor is expected to keep his/her bass alive. A penalty of 4 ounces will be deducted from the team score for each dead fish.

Number and amount of awards are based on number of boats entered. Biggest largemouth and biggest smallmouth bass will also get an award. Minimum payout for 30 boats is $2,400.

Read more about this awesome event, rules, regulations and your printable entry form:

Middle Mountain Momma  XXC-VA/WVMBAUltra Series points Stage One Saturday May 7, 2017

Mountain Biking Event of the year!

A lovely trout-stuffed pay-to-fish lake lies nestled in the valley formed by Beard’s Gap and Middle Mountains, but it’s up the sides of the slopes where you’ll find the real beauty of Douthat State Park. For instance, note the profound web of New Deal singletrack trails, circa 1936,  that lace the slopes on both sides of the pond. We like to refer to this area as something near to mountain bike Disneyland.

The course provides mass-quantities of singletrack–and–it’s almost entirely unduplicated trail! There’s so much singletrack you might actually seek something wider after a while. Moreover, about the only non-singletrack sections of the 21-mile-one-lap race are the short start road, a few yards of asphalt, and that is it. And not only is it singletrack, it’s freaking majestic singletrack.

If you raced any edition on this legendary course, you know what we mean. God bless Franklin Delano Roosevelt and New Deals everywhere.

The XXC course is back of course–a trail Odyssey. Double XC’ers leave the state park and traipse across the coolest big-ring pedal-assist slight downhill on the Middle Mountain Ridge–all the way–to route 125. Then, take a quick lasso-loop on ancient CCC, blueberry bush-infested trails of Brushy Ridge, and then you’ll know that not many people have pedaled through there before! Later, after climbing route 125 again for a 4 mile ascent (capped with  a 1/2 mile trail up Middle Mountain’s backside that burns-baby-burns), you rejoin the 21 mile XC loop, making the best course on the planet 10 steps better.

 Follow the link to sign up:

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon – Saturday May 20, 2017 – 5k Run, 5m Paddle, 10m Bike enjoy beautiful Alleghany County, VA.

Join us on Saturday, May 20th, for The 8th Annual Alleghany Highlands Triathlon.  A Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge. The Omni Homestead Hotel is our sponsor for this event and they are giving all athletes that participate in this event 10% off best available rate the week of May 16 – 21, 2017. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30pm – 7pm, May 19th at Jack Mason’s Tavern and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 20th(4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge).

Please view our Alleghany Highlands Triathlon 2016 YOUTUBE video:

Individuals and Teams register for the Alleghany Highlands Triathlon.

Do any or your co workers, family, friends at the gym or Facebook peeps want to enter as an Individual or Team?

Sign Up 2017 8th Annual Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, Saturday June 24, 2017

The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river, winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head 7.2 miles north. The trail follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland along the way. It’s common to see wildlife from the trail (birds, turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer). The trail will be extended another 10 miles in May 2017.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1Mile Fun Run, Saturday, coincides with the Covington Cork and Pork celebration! Contact The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for information or to volunteer 540-962-2178.

Lake Moomaw Open Water Swim.  Saturday August 5

This event will take place in the southern portion of Lake Moomaw, nestled in the Alleghany mountains of Virginia. The course will be from Cole’s point toward Gathright Dam and back.

Lake Moomaw 1-Mile Open Water Swim – Awards will go to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers.
Keep up with the event:

Coles Point
Lake Moomaw

latitude/longitude: 37.948144, -79.968510

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