Heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Alleghany offers any family or great outdoorsman an assortment of things to do. We have access to multiple National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Town and County parks where one could take advantage of walking, hiking, biking trails, picnics, and the opportunity to get glimpses of our wildlife. Also, The New River, believed to be the second oldest river in the world, provides white water rafting, fly fishing, primitive camping, guided tours, and more. All with a refreshing view of nature at its best. Not to mention town parades, outdoor music events, festivals, Fairground events, Farmer’s Market, Polar Plunge, Car shows and lots more.
Blue Ridge Parkway
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
On the Blue Ridge Parkway, the journey is the
destination. Called “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway
spans over 400 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to the
Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Over 120 miles of the Parkway runs
through the High Country and our area features some of the most
photographed, most visited stops on this amazing scenic drive. The High
Country is also an integral part of the history of the Parkway because
construction both began here, at Cumberland Gap, and ended in 1987 with
the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct.
Visit Crouse Park, just a block off Main Street is a great place to have a picnic, play basketball, listen to music and enjoy a 1/3 mile asphalt loop as well as swings, slides, covered shelters, and a small stream.
Monday night Old Time and Bluegrass Jams welcome residents and visitors to come and pick!
Address: 60 Cherry Street Sparta, NC 28675
Doughton Park is a landscape of mountains, open meadows and pioneer cabins, hiking trails and a place to view wildlife and get a feel for the lives of those who lived here long ago. Originally known as the Bluffs, this area came by its present name in honor of Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a long-time advocate and supporter of the Parkway. The 7,000-acre park is one of the best places along the motor road to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring.
Address: 241, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
Duncan Recreation Center (Public Pool)
If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, come to Duncan Recreation Center. It consists of a large pool 75’ by 45’ ranging from 8 feet to 3 feet deep and a smaller wading pool that is only 1’ deep. Duncan Recreation Center is Alleghany County’s only public outdoor swimming pool. Duncan Recreation Center was built in 1969 and renovated in 2007. The swimming pool facilities include: Concession area Foosball game table Showers and lockers Duncan Recreation Center does not have a diving board but does allow approved pool toys. Pool parties are available Children must be accompanied by an adult Swimming lessons are offered; contact the pool for more information
Address: 490 Trojan Avenue Sparta, NC 28675
Get Outside Mountain Relay
Get Outside Mountain Relay (GOMR) is a 104 mile loop around Alleghany County, NC, starting in Glade Valley, which will be run twice to complete the 208 miles.What sets GOMR apart from other relays is we are taking care of the race transportation. Get here, and we’ll get you where you need to be. That’s right, we’ll shuttle you to your legs and back to GOMR Nation. That means when you are not running, you will be in our pop-up nation that exists for the weekend. Instead of being split up in two separate vans, you and your team have the opportunity to stake you claim, build your own community, and interact with a whole nation of Gomers. Get ready for the best relay event ever!
New River State Park
The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education. Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina’s natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system;Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state; and Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state’s natural and cultural heritage.
Sam Brown Park
Located above Alleghany High School at the end of Trojan Avenue past the entrance to Davis Field. Sam Brown Park is the home place for the Sparta Lion’s Club. The park offers many different recreational opportunities including pavilion shelter, charcoal grills, playground equipment, outdoor basketball, hiking, and mountain biking.
No horses or motorized vehicles are allowed outside of the parking area. The pavilion and basement can be rented for public or private events from the Board of Education @ (336)372-4345 for a fee. The basement has a full kitchen with seating for approximately 100 people. Playground equipment is in good condition including two jungle gyms, swings, merry-go-round, see-saws, and a full court basketball court. You can park in either the parking area adjacent to the building or in the parking area at Davis Field if gate to park is closed. The trail system starts behind the pavilion area and continues up to the top of Sam Brown Mountain. The trail also connects the park to the Blueridge Development Center and Alleghany High School. This trail system is completed.
Address: 598 Trojan Ave. Sparta, NC 28675
Stone Mountain State Park
The massive granite dome at Stone Mountain State Park keeps watch on park visitors enjoying nearly every type of outdoor activity – camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding and more. There are more than 18 miles of trails, matched by more than 20 miles of designated trout waters in this park that spreads below the Blue Ridge Parkway. A campground offers 90 sites, some with utility hookups, and group and backpacking campsites are nearby. Rock climbing is allowed by permit on the towering, 600-foot granite face of the landmark mountain,
and climbers look down on Hutchinson Homestead, a restored mid-19th century mountain farm. Expansive picnic grounds with shelters invite reunions and community gatherings.
TENNIS COURTS Alleghany County has five courts located at the public facility. This facility is a first come-first serve basis when not in use by County or School programs. Lights are available. Please contact Alleghany Recreation @ 336-372-2942 for more information.Located on Trojan Ave. between Duncan Recreation Center and Lions Club Pavilion.Telephone: (336) 372-2942LEARN MORE
VETERAN MEMORIAL PARK Veterans Memorial Park is located between Veterans Memorial Highway (Sparta Bypass) and Duncan Street. Access to the park is from Duncan Street Veterans Memorial Park consists mainly of an open space multi-use area across Bledsoe Creek. Other features at the park are: 75 space parking area, picnic shelter with attached bathrooms and concession area, concrete bridge, elevated walking path ¼ mile in length, fishing access, and a level open space area approximately 3 acres. This park is open to the public when not in use by programmed activities through the Recreation Department. To reserve the park facilities please contact the Alleghany County Recreation Director, Jim Brown (336)372-2942.LEARN MORE
Visit the second oldest river in the world, the New River. See its unsurpassed beauty and live a little with fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing in the New. You can experience this on your own or with tour guides that serve Southwest Virginia and High Country North Carolina. The State Parks also host educational opportunities for all outdoorsman. Observe diverse wildlife and dedicated mountain hospitality and know that unique fishery and fun await you in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Alleghany County.
DUSTY TRAILS OUTFITTERSFor your New River and Blue Ridge Mountain experience, give us a call and come visit. Book your canoeing, kayaking, tubing, camping or fishing trip.
Telephone: (336)977-8375LEARN MORE
NEW RIVER CAMPGROUNDLocated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains between Sparta, NC and Independence, VA, NEW RIVER CAMPGROUND sits on the border of North Carolina and Virginia at an elevation of 2600 feet and spans an entire mile along the scenic New River. With more water, more out crops, more breath taking beauty, you get to experience the whole river. The second oldest river in the world, the New River winds through the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Offering unsurpassed scenic beauty, it is home to diverse wildlife, including species found no where else in the world.Address: 3745 New River Parkway Independence, VA 24348Telephone: (276) 773-3412LEARN MOREGET DIRECTIONS
NEW RIVER STATE PARKThe North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education. Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina’s natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system; Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state; and Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state’s natural and cultural heritage.Address: 358 New River State Park Road Laurel Springs, NC 28644Telephone: (336) 982-2587LEARN MOREGET DIRECTIONS
RIVERCAMP USARiverCamp USA is located on the peaceful and historic New River in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy many outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking or just relax in the cool mountain air. The country store has a variety of refreshments, firewood, fishing supplies, and limited groceries. Laundry and hot showers are available. Nearby, enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shatley Springs Restaurant, world famous Frescoes, mountain crafts and antiques, fiddlers conventions and golfing. There's so much to choose from you'll have trouble deciding… in fact, you may just decide to do nothing at all.Address: 221 Kings Creek Road Piney Creek, NC 28633Telephone: (336) 359-2267LEARN MOREGET DIRECTIONS
ROCK ON CHARTERSRock On Charters is a full service fishing guide serving southwestern Virginia and the High Country of North Carolina. We are a dedicated team of outdoorsmen who thrive on sharing our knowledge, our passion, and our commitment to conservation. With only the finest equipment and a relentless approach to our craft, our guides are at the top of their class and at the top of their game. WE GIVE 100% EVERY TRIP, EVERY TIME. Southern hospitality is alive in the heart of the Blue Ridge and a truly unique fishery awaits.Cell Phone: 540-520-9629 Telephone: (844) 347-4682LEARN MOREGET DIRECTIONS
TRI-STATE ANGLER GUIDE SERVICESWe specialize in fly fishing and spin fishing guide trips in North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. Outfitting float trips on the best smallmouth bass fishery in the east, the New River in North Carolina and Virginia, and fly fishing wade tours on some of the finest small stream wild trout waters and delayed harvest streams in North Carolina. We love to teach the art of fly fishing. We also offer float trips on the Yadkin River, a real sleeper for smallmouth Bass, spotted bass, and the occasional largemouth bass.Telephone: (336) 957-4630LEARN MORE