Discover Virginia’s newest and most scenic rails-to-trails project.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail is built along an old railroad bed that runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River. The southern terminus is located just outside of downtown Covington, Virginia. Easy access to the trail makes it a popular place for residents and visitors to enjoy walking, jogging and biking amid the beautiful mountain scenery that the Alleghany Highlands is famous for.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail is located in the Alleghany Highlands in the mountains of Virginia.

Enjoy the trail and the river

In addition to scenic views of fields, farmland and mountains, the Jackson River Scenic Trail offers up-close views of the river. The river is for more than just sight seeing, it’s also a treasured recreational asset just like the trail. A local outfitter can assist with bike rental and shuttles for trail access and canoe, kayak and tube rental for river adventures. Visit for information on outfitters.

Nearby attractions

  • Two of the most photographed icons in the mountains of Virginia are nearby. Falling Spring Falls, an 80-foot cascading waterfall, is located on Route 220 about 10 minutes drive north of Covington. Historic Humpback Bridge is on Route 60 west of Covington roughly 10 minutes drive from the southern terminus of the Jackson River Scenic Trail.
  • Find delicious food at restaurants in downtown Covington, Clifton Forge and Iron Gate. Options range from lattes and pastries to fine dining. Get all the dining options at
  • The Alleghany Highlands Visitor Center is the place to go for expert advice on things to see and do in the region. Pick up brochures, maps, trail guides or simply use the wifi. The visitor center is located at Exit 16 on I-64 at 110 Mall Road, Covington, VA 24426.

Questions about the trail?

If you have any questions about the Jackson River Scenic Trail or visiting the Alleghany Highlands, send us an email.


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Alleghany Highlands Trails site
To learn about more trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, visit


Alleghany Highlands Blueway site
For ways to enjoy the Jackson River and our other lakes and rivers, visit

Alleghany Highlands tourism site
Plan a visit to the Alleghany Highlands

Parks and Recreation logoThe Jackson River Scenic Trail is managed by Alleghany County Parks & Recreation