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Barn Quilt Trail

Experience Virginia's first Barn Quilt Trail!

What are those painted wooden quilt blocks adorned on barns and houses in Highland County?  They are barn quilts!  Beginning in 2011, Highland County was the first county in Virginia to have its very own Barn Quilt Trail.  With interesting names like “Five Reds,” “Colaw Apple,” or “Jacob’s Ladder,” each barn quilt tells a story, usually with significant special meaning about the owner, nature, family, business or design.  When you follow the Highland County Barn Quilt Trail, you’ll wind your way through our back roads with a purpose.  Enjoy the beauty of our hills and hollows, fields and forests and the stories of the people who are part of this community.  Can you spot them all?

A brand new Barn Quilt Trail brochure with new barn quilts and stories is here!  Click on the green "Barn Quilt Brochure' button below for a full pdf file of the brochure, or click individual jpeg images at the bottom of this page to see information, stories and directions on nearly 60 barn quilts.  Get your physical copy in Highland County at local businesses, the Visitor Center at 61 Highland Center Drive in Monterey, or email to receive your own.

* Note: A few minor changes have been brought to our attention since the first printing of the new brochure.  They are reflected in the digital versions below.  Here are the corrections to the first version of the print copy:

  • #10. Mountain Star:  Replaced with an updated photo
  • #19. Blue Grass Ruritan Star:  Located on the northwest side of Blue Grass Valley Rd. (Rt. 640) at the Blue Grass Ruritan Club's pavilion behind their building, just southwest of the intersection with Wimer Mountain Rd.
  • #48 - 50. Geometry 1 - 3:  Barn quilts designed and painted exclusively by Liz Devenny
  • #51 - 55:  Barn quilts by Priscilla Maloy
  • #57 Country Roads:  This barn quilt is located approximately 2 miles east of McDowell, instead of 1 mile. It is also more accurately depicted on the map in the digital version.

Order this brochure for free using our form at!

Want to color in your own barn quilt?  Choose from one of the following 4 designs at the end of the brochure files below, print and have fun creating your own!  Happy trails!

Looking for additional Barn Quilt Trails?  Check out the following from our neighbors!
• Augusta County
• Craig County

Special thanks to Virginia Tourism Corporation's WanderLove Grant for funding of this project.

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