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Alleghany County comprises approximately 452 square miles of which nearly 50% is in the George Washington National Forest.
Extending across the entire western part of Virginia and the eastern part of West Virginia, the forest is the largest publicly-owned land-base for recreation in the eastern United States. Developed recreation opportunities are offered at over 100 sites in the forest. These opportunities vary from minimally-developed sites including picnic areas, scenic overlooks, observation points and small non-fee campgrounds, to highly developed recreation complexes, camping spurs with utility hookups and warm showers. Many of the developed recreation areas are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The County surrounds one city, Covington, which forms the principal center of population and is proud to be the county seat of Alleghany County. Covington is named in honor of General Leonard Covington, hero of the War of 1812 and friend of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
Luke Mountain Historic District, Persinger House, and Rosedale Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Peters Mountain is a 52-mile mountain in the Allegheny ridge, which makes it the longest mountain in the Appalachian Mountain Chain. It is located on the border between Alleghany County, VA, Monroe County, WV, Giles County, VA and Craig County, VA. Its elevation ranges from 4,073 feet on the mountaintop to a low of 2,300 feet. There are numerous sandstone outcroppings along the crest of the Peters Mountain and a number of high mountain bogs on Pine Swamp Ridge. The Mountain is primarily forested with upland oak, yellow poplar, red oak, and hickory.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.