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Virginia Maple Syrup Trail

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 eight sugar camps in Highland County throughout the year, excluding the busy Maple Festival weeks and weekends (March 7 - 20, 2022), 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 eight 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 guinevereu@vt.edu

Back Creek Farms
www.welcometobackcreek.com
7781 Upper Back Creek Road, Monterey
540-499-2302
info@welcometobackcreek.com

Bruce’s Syrup and Candies
www.brucessyrupandcandies.com
824 Folks Drive, Blue Grass
540-474-5661
brucesmaple@yahoo.com

Duff’s Sugar House
www.comehometofairlawnfarm.com
3118 Mill Gap Road, Monterey
540-468-3094
tjduff@htcnet.org

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers
www.laurelforksapsuckers.com
10677 Mountain Turnpike, Hightown
540-290-1676
laurelforksapsuckers@yahoo.com

Mill Gap Farms
www.millgapfarms.com
2760 Mill Gap Road, Monterey
540-468-2882
kevin@millgapfarms.com

Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard
www.puffenbargersugarorchard.com
17 Maple Syrup Lane, Blue Grass
540-474-5712
puffenbargersmaple@gmail.com

Sugar Tree Country Store & Sugar House
www.sugartreecountrystore.com
185 Mansion House Road, McDowell
540-396-3469
sugartree@mgwnet.com

Tonoloway Farm
www.tonolowayfarm.com
9943 Highland Turnpike, McDowell
540-396-3328
tonolowayfarm@gmail.com

Special thanks to the Virginia Tourism Corporation – https://www.virginia.org/

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