More Winter Wonder in the Heart of Appalachia

Check out the second part of our winter adventure series!

After guiding you through the winter wonders of our southwestern region we can’t wait to tell you about what else the Heart of Appalachia has to offer our guests! Bright lights, delicious food, decadent wine, and mountain music await you in the northeastern corner of our beautiful mountains. The Parsonage in Burke’s Garden offers its guests a true Appalachian experience. Burke’s […]

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4 Great Winter Getaways

It might be winter, but there's still lots of fun to be had!

  The Heart of Appalachia region is well known for its outdoor adventure like hiking, biking, and ATVing, but did you know that we also have some great relaxing winter activities for families to enjoy? If not, follow along as we take you on a guided tour, in the first of a two part series, […]

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5 Great Fall Hikes

Take a Day Trip or Make it a Weekend in the Mountains with Friends

Every autumn, people visit the Heart of Appalachia region to enjoy our beautiful mountains, stunning fall foliage, peaceful waterfalls and lakes within our forests. We have composed a guide of some of our best hidden gems for you to get out, ELEVATE your heart rate, and enjoy everything the region has to offer. Little Stony […]

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Big Stone Gap

Rocks the Big Screen

  Best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani, grew up in the small town of Big Stone Gap amid the Lonesome Pines and Coalfields of Virginia. Trigiani was so inspired by her hometown, she immortalized this special place and time in her novel, Big Stone Gap, the first in a series of four books. Set in 1978, the […]

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Fish to Your Heart’s Content

in the Heart of Appalachia

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority (HOA) has launched a new marketing initiative called Fish to Your Heart’s Content, designed to attract a new tourism demographic to the region. “Local residents have known for decades that the Heart of Appalachia region offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the state,” said Erin Riedhammer, HOA Executive […]

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Pedal Pushin’

the Heart of Appalachia state bike route

Spring, Summer, or Fall, the Heart of Appalachia Bike Route is one of many opportunities to experience our region, Virginia’s westernmost tip. It offers unparalleled scenic bicycle pedal pushin’ exploration between the six-mile Guest River Trail near the Kentucky border and Burke’s Garden, a geological wonder cloistered between Rich and Brushy Mountains, just south of Bluefield, West Virginia. Begun as an […]

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Got Cabin Fever?

Venture Outdoors... we did.

There’s no time like the present to start planning your next outing in the Heart of Appalachia. In fact, with temperatures freezing, snow on the ground and ice on the waterways, we’ve been taking day trips! That’s right. We’re scouting the winding back roads and scenic byways in the Heart region. We’re doing the work […]

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