Maple Festival

59th Annual Highland Maple Festival

March 11 – 12 & 18 – 19, 2017
Saturdays 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
GPS Addresses:
“168 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 back roads and 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, Virginia, since 1958.

Each year, 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.The Highland Maple Festival was designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 1999.

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. 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 no one gets excited and everyone (dogs included) stay safe! Thank you!

The listing for Laurel Fork Sap Suckers in the Maple Festival brochure reads this sugar camp is located west on Rt. 220; however it is actually located west on Rt. 250. The actual indicator on the map of Highland County is correct, but the listing is incorrect. Our current digital Maple Festival brochure has been updated and lists the correct information.
Also, we would like to add The Highland Inn as one of our food stops! The Dining Room at The Highland Inn re-opened last year and offers wonderful salads, dinners, desserts, and spirits incorporating locally-sourced foods. There will be extended dining hours of 4 pm to 9 pm on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the Maple Festival.