To further “tap” into what Highland County is most known for, we are happy to introduce the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail! This passport program offers visitors the chance to visit seven sugar camps in Highland County throughout the year, excluding the busy Maple Festival weeks and weekends (March 6 - 19, 2023), to experience each unique camp. Visitors are invited to call ahead to the sugar camps, schedule a visit for a tour, taste their syrup and get a stamp on their passport. After all seven camps are visited, there will be a prize, but the real incentive is to have more one-on-one interaction with the farmers who run the camps. Visitors can check out what happens on these farms and in Highland County year-round outside of the busy syrup-making season in late winter and early spring. If you want to know where your food comes from, this is a great family outdoor opportunity.
Pick up your passport at various Virginia Welcome Centers or at the sugar camp itself upon arrival. Please be sure to follow the current CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and Virginia Guidelines (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/) for preventing the spread of coronavirus, and please stay home if you have symptoms, are in a “hot spot” area or are feeling sick.
Visit www.virginiamaplesyrup.com for complete details. Enjoy!
The Virginia Maple Syrup Trail brought to you by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, the Highland County Tourism Council and participating sugar camps.
*** Calling All Interested in Producing Maple and Other Tree Syrups! ***
Virginia Tech is trying to locate all producers of maple and other tree syrups, no matter the size or scale of their production (from hobbyists to full-scale commercial producers) in the region. One goal of this project supported by VDACS is to start a syrup producers association to help those interested in maple and other syrups like yourself find assistance, equipment, and markets for your syrup. If you want to learn more about producing syrups from maple and other tree species and the new association, please contact Guinevere Unterbrink at firstname.lastname@example.org.