I am an unapologetic fan of the Alleghany Highlands, an area that has amazing outdoors recreation resources.
Most importantly, there’s momentum in the area to try to market those resources to visitors. Outdoors tourism can be tricky, as there can be a fine line between attracting reasonable numbers of visitors and drawing in huge crowds that hurt the atmosphere. I don’t think there’s any worry that the Alleghany Highlands are on their way to becoming the next Jackson Hole any time soon.
On Saturday I participated in the Alleghany Gran Fondo, a timed bike tour that started in Covington and ended in Clifton Forge. I did the 72-miler; not up for the 108-miler. As I wrote in my column that ran in Wednesday’s Roanoke Times, the route was great and the volunteer turnout was fantastic. I’d love to see this event grow.