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Highland County Maple Festival Weekend #2

March 16 @ 8:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm

Highland County Maple festival

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 County Maple Festival.  Since 1959, visitors have been drawn to Highland County to tour real maple sugar camps for a cultural and culinary adventure! In 1999, The Library of Congress designated The Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy.” In 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed a bill into law designating the festival as the “official maple festival of Virginia.” 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. In 2024, there will be 10 open sugar camps with unique techniques and stories for you to explore for free. In addition to pancake and buckwheat cake meals, famous maple doughnuts and live entertainment, over 100 high-quality juried arts and crafts vendors take part in the festival each year. We’re glad to have you share the experience!

Hours: Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays 9 am – 4 pm generally for the majority of the festival, including the Arts & Crafts/Food Vendors.  Get an early start, beginning at 6 am for Mill Gap Ruritan Club maple doughnuts or 7 am for all-you-can eat pancake and buckwheat cake meals at certain locations on Saturdays and Sundays (see “Food” section below for specifics).

Mountain Momma Organics™ offers 300+ handmade gourmet food items personally created by culinary artisans Kim & Keith Finger at our West Virginia farm.  Having evolved from a small produce farm, we promote healthy lifestyles through our organic pantry-foods portfolio.  We restrict our media to 100% certified organic ingredients and address special dietary needs, such as vegan, gluten free, low sodium, chemical free, etc.  We only sell through 35-40 festivals in eight mid-Atlantic states and through our website. Our goal is to educate about the importance of organic foods through the experience of our delicious food creations.  We are “Tamarack – The Best of West Virginia” approved artisans. Come see our passion for “Healthy Food Choices!” at our booth at the McDowell Virginia Ruritan Building across from the Fire House.  

Highland County VA Maple Festival
Highland County VA Maple Festival


March 16 @ 8:00 am
March 17 @ 5:00 pm


HIghland County Chamber of Commerce
(540) 468-2550
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Highland Maple Festival
67 Bullpasture River Rd
McDowell, VA 24458 United States
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