Music Trail Mix – Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Chats With A Young Old Friend

Contributed by Dave Stallard, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine It’s always fun to say you knew a musician way back when. Well, I knew old time multi-instrumentalist Tyler Hughes way back when. Like, really way back when. Like, middle school way back when. Hughes hails from the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, which is also home […]

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Marina Matters

New Owners Do New Things At Flannagan!

Reprinted with Permission from The Dickenson Star Article and Photos by Jenay Tate, Editor and Publisher June 21, 2017 CLINTWOOD — In operation since 1964, the marina on Flannagan Lake turns another page in history as it welcomes the summer season under new ownership. On Friday, almost all of the 99 boat slips at Flannagan […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 3

Grundy - A Real Southern "Gap Adventure"

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park I’ve been to Grundy several times since I’ve moved here, mostly to marvel at their three-floored Walmart, but I hadn’t realized there were so many things to do and see! I ran out of day in Buchanan County before I ran out of adventure. Here’s what I did […]

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March Music Madness

At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music that ranges from nostalgic old time gospel to contemporary bluegrass. No matter where you go, you’ll get an earful of string instruments, unique voices, and the sound of people dancing. We’re listing five of many of […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 1

Cupcakes, Giraffes & Stone Mountains

Article Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We’re starting off 2017 by adding a new string of blogs called “A Day with Shay!” If the title is any indication, my name is Shay and this series is my own personal introduction to the Heart of Appalachia. While the natives of southwestern Virginia know all the […]

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Seriously Smokin’ BBQ

The top 5 BBQ restaurants in the Heart of Appalachia

When you visit the South you’re always in search of one thing to make your trip complete: the best BBQ restaurant around. Well, according to our fans finding the best barbeque spot in the Heart of Appalachia is mighty hard but definitely possible. The votes don’t lie and the best BBQ in the Heart of […]

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Golfing in the Heart of Appalachia

Want your vacation to be par for the course? Grab your clubs and tee off in the beautiful mountains of the Heart of Appalachia this summer.

Visit the astonishing Cedar Hill Country Club and enjoy their 18-hole Estes designed course and clubhouse. Cedar Hill also supplies its visitors with a tennis court and in-ground pool, offering a day of fun for the whole family. If you want more practice before hitting Cedar Hill, stop by the Monte Vista Golf Club in […]

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13 Summer Festivals That Will Warm Your Heart

Sweet Appalachian Music will be filling the air this summer, don't miss out!

Blessing of the Bikes Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the 6th Annual Blessing of the Bikes on May 20th through May 22nd at the Grundy Community Center, Grundy, VA. Three days of activities and entertainment for the whole family including free gospel concerts, a veterans memorial ceremony, a parade, a family friendly […]

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5 Kid-Friendly Adventures to Explore this Summer

The long, warm days of summer are quickly approaching in the Heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

With the kids out of school it’s time to get out and let them have an adventure without the hassle of having to travel hundreds of miles for a few hours of fun. Here are 5 kid-friendly activities you and your family can enjoy this summer right in your own back yard. Go to the […]

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Heritage Lives On in the Heart of Appalachia

The residents of Heart of Appalachia take pride in where they came from and how they got to where they are today. As you explore all of the fun and exciting adventures we have to offer, consider taking the time to learn about our fascinating past and our ever important coal heritage. Here are a few stops along the Coal Heritage Trail where you can discover the memories our mountains hold:

Pocahontas Exhibition Mine & Museum-This unique experience is hidden away in the hills of Pocahontas, a small town with an important place in our coal mining heritage. Pocahontas became the first booming mining town in the Heart of Appalachia when the infamous Pocahontas mines first opened in 1882. When the mine was finally closed in […]

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