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Maple Festival Sugar Facts

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 Maple Sugar Facts

  • Pure maple syrup contains no preservatives, capsule artificial flavoring or color.
  • Pure maple syrup is FAT FREE!
  • Maple syrup is 33.5% water and 66.5% sugar.
  • Store opened containers of syrup in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Pure Maple Syrup is sold by shades of “amber.”
  • Light Amber has a fine, delicate flavor.
  • Medium Amber has a richer flavor and is most frequently used as table syrup.
  • Dark Amber is used for cooking, or as a table syrup by those who prefer a strong maple flavor.
  • A good tree will produce 20 quarts of “sugar water” in 12 hours.
  • It takes approximately 40 quarts of sugar water to make one quart of maple syrup.
  • Sugar water collected from maple trees is made up of approximately 98% water and 2% sugar.
  • Unopened containers of maple syrup should be stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Maple syrup can also be frozen.
  • Maple Syrup only has 40 calories per tablespoon. Honey has 45, white sugar has 55, and corn sugar has 60.
  • Maple Syrup contains iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It also has a higher calcium content than milk. It also contains small amounts of amino acids, proteins, and vitamins B2, B5, and niacin.
  • Correct tapping methods causes no permanent damage to the maple sugar tree.
  • Freezing nights and warm, sunny days make ideal weather conditions for harvesting sugar water.

Maple Festival Overflow Lodging


  Our local Maple Festival lodging can fill up pretty quickly! If you can’t find accommodations with our Chamber Member lodging facilities, we suggest contacting these other fine establishments:
  Alvey Cottage, Hot Springs • (804) 282-8822
  Anderson’s Kitchen Cottage, Warm Springs • (540) 839-2975
  Apple Horse Farm • (540) 962-3715
  Bath Villas at the Meadows, Warm Springs • (540) 839-2124
  Kings Victorian Inn, Hot Springs • (540) 839-3134
  The Omni Homestead Resort • (800) 843-6664
  The Inn at Gristmill Square, Warm Springs • (540) 839-2231
  Tuckaway Cabins, Millboro • (540) 996-4162
  Turtle Brook Farm & Cabins, Warm Springs • (540) 839-6646
  Vine Cottage Inn, Hot Springs • (800) 410-9755
  Warm Springs Inn, Warm Springs • (540) 839-5351
  Best Western Inn • (800) 752-9471
  Comfort Inn • (540) 886-5000
  Hampton Inn of Staunton • (540) 886-7000
  Holiday Inn Golf & Conference Center • (540) 248-6020
  Reddish Ridge • (540) 213-8018
  Sleep Inn • (540) 887-6500
  Chestnut Ridge Country Inn • (304) 456-4280
  Franklin Inn • (304) 358-2118
  Silver Maple Hubbard Inn • (304) 902-9907
  Star Hotel Restaurant • (304) 358-3580
  Thompson’s Motel • (304) 358-2331
  Yokum’s Vacationland • (304) 567-2351
  The Inn at Mountain Quest • (304) 799-7267































































Maple Festival Directions

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FROM THE NORTH:  Travel south on I-81 to exit #225 (Monterey exit).  Follow Rt. 262 southwest to junction with US 250 (Churchville Ave.).  Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow US 250 west into Highland County.  Travel west on US 250 to McDowell (35 miles) and Monterey (45 miles).  From I-81:  allow approximately 1 hour’s driving time to McDowell and 1 hour and 15 minutes to Monterey (more, if you are driving or hauling an over-sized vehicle).

FROM THE EAST:  Follow I-64 west to I-81.  Travel south on I-81/I-64 in the direction of Lexington.  Take first exit (#220 to Staunton) onto Rt. 262.  Follow Rt. 262 northwest to the junction with Route US 250 (Churchville Ave.).  Turn left at the end of the exit ramp and follow US 250 west into Highland County to McDowell (35 miles) and Monterey (45 miles).    From I-81:  allow approximately 1 hour driving time to McDowell and 1 hour and 15 minutes driving time to Monterey (more, if you are driving or hauling an over-sized vehicle).

FROM THE SOUTH:  Travel north on I-81 to exit #220 (Staunton exit) onto Rt. 262.  Follow Rt. 262 northwest to the junction with Route US 250 (Churchville Ave.).  Turn left at the end of the exit ramp and follow US 250 west into Highland County to McDowell (35 miles) and Monterey (45 miles).    Or, if you are traveling from southwest Virginia, the Carolinas, or Tennessee, take exit #150 (just north of Roanoke) and follow US 220 north into Monterey (125 miles).  From I-81, exit #150:  allow approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes driving time to Monterey (more, if you are driving or hauling an over-sized vehicle).  This is the shorter route for those traveling from southwestern Virginia.

FROM THE WEST:  Travel east on US 250 or US 84 to Monterey.  Allow approximately 1 hour driving time from Elkins or 2 hours from White Sulphur Springs (more, if you are driving or hauling an over-sized vehicle).

* US 250 is an excellent 2-lane road; however, there are a number of tight curves and steep grades as it crosses the mountains. Use extra caution if you are pulling a trailer or RV.  Use lower gears on downhill grades.

Maple Festival Food

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A visit to the Highland Maple Festival is a culinary experience!  Sample delicious local products and a selection of tasty treats infused with Highland-made maple syrup.  Maple donuts, maple-glazed chicken, maple candy, all-you-can-eat regular and buckwheat pancakes smothered in maple syrup are “musts” on your Maple Festival to-do list! 


The following foods are available throughout the four days of the festival:
  Denotes seated service available


BLUE GRASS:  Blue Grass Ruritan Building.  Located on Blue Grass Valley Road, 7 miles north of Monterey.  (7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

BOLAR:  Bolar Ruritan Club.  Located 15 miles south of Monterey at intersection of Routes 220 & 607. (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

MCDOWELL:  Stonewall Ruritan Building. On Route 678 in McDowell. (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

MONTEREY:  Highland County Public Schools on Myers-Moon Road, off Rt. U.S. 250 in Monterey.
(8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

WILLIAMSVILLE:  Bath-Highland Fire Department/Williamsville Community Center on Route 678.
(7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)





  • McDowell Fire Department (Inside): BBQ Chicken, Trout, and Country Ham Dinners; Rt.
    678, across from the Stonewall Ruritan building. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • McDowell Fire Department (Outside): Cotton Candy, Candied Apples, Funnel Cakes; Rt. 678
  • Stonewall Ruritan Building: Maple Products, Kettle Corn, and Pork Rinds; Rt. 678


  • Mill Gap Ruritans Maple Donuts; Located directly north of the Highland Medical Center off Rt. 220 South
  •  Maple Festival Food Court; N. Water St.,
  • Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Bacon Cheeseburgers, Country Ham, Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, and Pork BBQ
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Church of God of Prophecy: Country Ham Sandwiches, Burgers, and Hot Dogs; Main Street
  • Monterey Lions Club: Pork Rinds; Main Street
  • Kettle Corn; Main Street





Maple Festival Entertainment

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The Maple Queen Contest will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in the Highland High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Admission charge.

Following the crowning of the Maple Queen & Court, the Maple Queen Ball will be held at the Blue Grass Ruritan building from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Refreshments available. Admission charge.




  Saturday, March 9    
  Southern Rail Express

The Highland Center Auditorium
11 am


Admission: $3 or Maple Festival Keychain



Tyler Hughes

The Highland Center Auditorium
3 pm

Old Time & Country Musician

Artists’ Website

Admission: $10

   Saturday, March 16    
  The Little Switzerland Cloggers

The Highland Center Cafeteria
1 pm

Traditional & Contemporary Clogging

Artists’ Website

Admission: $3 or Maple Festival Keychain


Wayne Henderson & Helen White

The Highland Center Auditorium
3 pm

Traditional Appalachian Music

Artists’ Website

Admission: $10

  Delta Junction

Hull’s Hideaway Restaurant & Tavern
8 pm – 12 am


Artists’ Website

Admission: $7



Maple Festival Arts & Crafts Show

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The Highland Maple Festival Juried Arts & Crafts Show features over 100 contemporary and country artisans and crafters from all over the east coast.  Meet our artists and craftsmen in their booths, and learn about the process of creating these unique, high-quality treasures.  

Visit the Highland Maple Festival, and enjoy a selection of fine arts and crafts that includes jewelry, glassware, hand-tooled leather, photography, pottery, textiles, wood furnishings, and much more.

The Juried Arts & Crafts Show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays during the festival. Locations include:

  • Highland High School Gymnasium (Monterey)*
  • Highland Elementary School Gymnasium (Monterey)*
  • Courthouse Lawn (Monterey)
  • Main Street (Monterey)
  • Ernie’s Market (Monterey)
  • Stonewall Ruritan Building (McDowell)

*There is a $3 admission charge for entrance to the gymnasiums. (Ages 12 and under are free!) These proceeds assist the Highland County Chamber of Commerce with general operations and festival planning and expenses.

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Highland Maple Festival

61st Annual Highland Maple Festival
March 9 – 10 & 16 – 17, 2019

Hours: Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
GPS Addresses: 
“165 W. Main Street, Monterey” OR “Mansion House Road, McDowell”

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Take a step back in time to Highland County, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot.” Travel scenic back roads and majestic mountain byways to the annual Highland Maple Festival. Held on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of March, the Maple Festival has been an annual event in Highland County since 1958 and designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 1999.

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. 

We are dog-friendly! Dogs on a leash are welcome at all OUTSIDE Maple Festival locations; however dogs are not allowed in any inside locations unless it is a service animal. We love our four-legged visitors, but we want to make sure everyone stays safe, so we recommend all dogs wear a comfortable muzzle. With many people and other dogs around the festival, we want to make sure everyone (dogs included) stay safe! Thank you!


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The 61st Annual Maple Festival is here!

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Highland County – What a Sweet Spot! Many people know about Highland because of our famous maple syrup. On the second and third weekends of March, we celebrate our local maple industry with our annual Maple Festival, which has been designated “the official Maple Festival of the Commonwealth”. But we are more than just maple syrup. We have many sweet things for visitors to enjoy throughout the entire year.

Among the first comments of visitors to our area is: “What a sweet spot!” Whether your sweet spot is enjoying the scenic beauty of a rural countryside, driving mountain roads, taking in a star-filled night sky, or simply sitting on the porch enjoying the rural charm of a bed and breakfast; we want to help you find your favorite Highland County “sweet spot”. If you like festivals, arts and crafts, old time country music, square dances, country fairs, farmers’ markets, or the simple serenity of nature; we suggest you come home to Highland County.



Highland County is home to some of the most unique events in the state and country. 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, to enjoy musical events, to participate in athletic events, or to simply relax. 

March 9-10 &
16-17, 2019

June 28 – 30,
July 13,
August 3,
Aug. 24 – 31

Sept. 27-29 &

Oct. 25-27, 2019
October 11-12,
December 7,


Highland County’s Maple Sugar Camps

Highland County is home to the southernmost commercial Maple syrup producing industry in the United States. Our unique climate and elevation makes Highland County the prime location for maple syrup production in Virginia. Families in this area have been producing Maple syrup for hundreds of years with some families even continuing the tradition into the sixth and seventh generations. In addition, our Maple Festival, which takes place the second and third weekends in March, is the second largest Maple Festival in the country and definitely the largest south of the Mason Dixon line! 

If you find yourself in Highland County outside of our “Maple Season,” which runs from mid January through the end of March, we hope you’ll still stop in at one of our camps to learn about one of Highland County’s signature products – maple syrup!

Eagle’s Sugar Camp

Eagle's Sugar CampEagle’s Sugar Camp is located north of McDowell off Rt. 654 (Jack Mountain Road) in Doe Hill. Syrup producers for more than 200 years, the Eagles still use the open-pan, wood-fired method as well as the latest, advanced, computerized, oil-fired evaporators. Camp owner Jay Eagle and his crew are always excited to pass along their knowledge about the process and show visitors around the camp. Call ahead to schedule a visit. (540) 396-6126 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers  

16145312_10154981729783000_1048384770_oDo you know what a “sapsucker” is? If not, we suggest making a trip to the Laurel Fork Sapsuckers sugar camp to ask the Sapsuckers crew yourself! Laurel Fork Sapsuckers has the highest elevation of any sugar camp within Highland County and is located 10 miles west of Monterey off of Rt. 250 west, left onto Clay Hise Lane.  They are a small, family-run sugar camp that is always welcoming hands-on participation. (By the way, the family, including family patriarch Ronnie Moyers, holds a goal to give hand-shakes to every visitor!) While you’re there, enjoy seeing the traditional, wood-fired way maple syrup has been made for centuries as they use one-hundred-year-old, locally-made open pans in their production process.  Enjoy the ¾ mile loop trail through the sugar bush with various outdoor kids activities available. Call ahead to schedule a visit. (540) 468-2289 ~ ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!  Follow them on Facebook!

Rexrode’s Sugar Orchard

Rexrode's Sugar OrchardLocated north of Hightown on Route 637 (Maple Sugar Road), Rexrode’s Sugar Orchard features a stand of maple trees well over 200-years-old. The Rexrodes use the old-fashioned, open-pan system of evaporation as well as the newer wood-fired evaporation method with miles of plastic tubing to gather the sugar water. Carrying on the family tradition of maple syrup making, Derek Rexrode, Highland County’s youngest sugar producer, makes sure things run according to plan. And his grandmother, Anna Lee, is close by supervising like she did for many years when her husband and veteran sugar producer, Everett, ran the camp. Call ahead to schedule a visit. (540) 468-2725 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!  Follow them on Facebook! 

Southermost Maple Products

Southernmost Maple ProductsLocated 15 miles south of Monterey on Route 607 (Big Valley Road), off US 220 at Bolar, Southernmost Maple Products funnels sugar water into the only piggy-back evaporator to be found in the southern states. Named for its “southernmost” location in the county, Southernmost Maple Products is home to a rustic country store that offers a variety of maple products, flour, honey, jellies, and baked goods. Also, run by a family of Puffenbargers (unrelated to Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard), Southernmost is a family-run operation. (540) 468-2682 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!

Sugar Tree Country Store & Sugar House

Sugar Tree Country Store #2Located near the center of McDowell, this operation employs a modern reverse osmosis concentrator and oil-fired evaporator. Operators Glenn and Fern Heatwole are always excited to welcome guests with a warming smile, and Glenn and his family are always happy to take you through their syrup-making process. Guests can also view antique maple-producing tools that are on display! Not only can guests learn about syrup-making, but Sugar Tree Country Store also offers a great shopping opportunity. This old country store features maple products (of course!) as well as pottery, jams, hand-made rugs, children’s books and toys, and other cooking sauces and kitchen utensils. Closed on Sundays. (540) 396-3469 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!  Visit their website!

Duff’s Sugar House at Fair Lawn Farm

Sugar CampLocated southwest of Monterey (3 mi. south on U.S. 220 and 3 mi. west on Route 84), Duff’s Sugar House is a small, family-run sugar house where the trees are still “opened” by hand and the sugar water is still collected in buckets. Owners Tim and Terry Duff pride themselves on making their visitors trip a homecoming experience. Their motto is “You come as guests and leave as friends,” and that is surely evident by their warm, Highland County hospitality. In addition to Duff’s Sugar House, guests (or new friends!) can also tour Fair Lawn Farm, where the sugar house is located. Farm animals, an apple orchard, and a pond are just some of the things to experience while you’re there. (540) 468-3094 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!   Visit their website!

Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard

Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard has been in operation for over 100 years. Ivan Puffenbarger, who owns the camp today, started helping his father, Melvin, when he was too little to do much. When Melvin operated the orchard, he drilled trees with an auger operated by hand, collected the sugar water in buckets, and carried those buckets by horse to the sugar house. He would only make about 10 gallons of syrup a day, which was very good in that era. Ivan helped his father until he married his wife, Sis. They decided to purchase the maple syrup business from Melvin in 1959, and they immediately set out to make substantial changes. Their main focus was on increasing production. Ivan and Sis built a new sugar house and began using a tractor to tow barrels of sugar water back to the sugar house. They went from 250 buckets collected each day to about 1,000, and it took eight men most of the night to collect all of the water. Today, Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard is one of the most state-of-the-art sugar camps in Highland County. (540) 468-2771 ~ Call Ahead to Schedule Your Visit!  Visit their website!