Trails in the Heart of Appalachia

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The Heart of Appalachia offers countless ways to ELEVATE & Relax your heart rate with camping, ATVing, hiking, biking, climbing, sightseeing, and water adventures.  From our grand state parks, to one-of-a-kind natural wonders like The Devils Bathtub, High Knob Tower, Breaks Interstate Park, Natural Tunnel, Burkes Garden, and the Clinch River, just to name a few.  So slap on your sunscreen, lace up your hiking shoes, and strap on your GoPro!  With so much to explore, you’ll want to come back again and again!
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  • A.R. Matthews Park Clinch River Access

    Relax your heart rate along the Clinch River while visiting beautiful Saint Paul. Take your boat out along the A.R. Matthews Park river access and enjoy the calming waters while exploring the many...

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  • Appalachia Loop Trail

    Challenging four mile run or pleasant excursion to Little Stone Mountain located in the Jefferson National Forest.  Little Stone runs along the northern side of the Powell Valley with peak elevation...

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  • Appalachian Wonders Loop

    If you’re visiting Wise County and want to venture through the beautiful Jefferson National Forest, then the Appalachian Wonders Loop is a great place to start. Located within the Cumberland...

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  • Austin Gap Loop Trail - FT #201A

    The 4.1 mile Austin Gap Loop is a rugged, strenuous, highly scenic multi-use trail in the Pound, Virginia area of the Jefferson National Forest. It's a historic foot-route that provided early...

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  • Bark Camp Lake Trails - FT #211

    Lake Shore Trail is 3.7 miles, surrounding the 45 acre Bark Camp Lake.  This tranquil lakeside trail winds through cove woods, wetlands, and hemlock forests. Nearly level terrain makes for an easy...

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  • Bee Bottom Picnic Area

    Thirty-one picnic units with table, grill and parking spur. Sunny area with playground equipment and mowed spaces for...

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  • Big M Store

    Located in St. Paul,  Big M is the town's longest running business. Positioned in the downtown section of town, it has been described as a "Country Store", an "Everything Store" and everything in...

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  • Big Stone Gap Loop

    Big Stone Gap isn’t just the name of a movie, it’s also a town with a number of interesting sites to explore. Take a short trip around Fraley Park or a more strenuous trek on Roaring Fork and...

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  • Birch Knob Tower

      Location: Dickenson County An elevation of 3,144 feet above sea level, you'll find the 100-yard walk from the parking lot and the 183 stair steps to reach the top to be well worth the...

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  • Boat Launch at North Fork Pound Lake

    Access to the 154-acre North Fork of Pound Lake for fishing and boating - motorized and non-motorized.  No wake, swimming prohibited. Pound Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake that was...

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  • Breaks Interstate Park

    The park, located on the Virginia/Kentucky border, is one of only two Interstate Parks in the nation. The park encompasses 4,500 acres of greenwood lands and mountain scenery, including the Grand...

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  • Breaks Interstate Park Whitewater Season

    Those who enjoy rafting and kayaking on the Russell Fork River look forward to this time each year as they prepare to tackle world class whitewater. Each Saturday and Sunday during the first four...

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  • Bullitt Park

    Located in Big Stone Gap in Southwest Virginia. Bullitt Park is the largest of nine community parks operated by the Big Stone Gap Department of Parks and Recreation. The park includes a football...

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  • Cave Springs Recreation Area

    Part of the Jefferson National Forest, Cave Springs offers a small lake for swimming that is fed by a spring that originates in the mountains above in a cave. A white sand beach is on the northern...

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  • Cavitt's Creek Park/Lake Witten Rec. Area

    The 54 acre lake is part of the 164 acre Cavitt's Creek Park Campground. Quiet, breathtaking retreat for fun and relaxation, birding, hiking, camping, fishing and more. We offer: -Fully handicap...

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  • Cedar Hill Country Club

    Opened in 1967, this mature public/private 18-hole golf course is located in the rolling hills of Lee County. Guest Green Fees are $17 weekdays, $21 weekends.  Carts are $11-$13. Membership...

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  • Chief Benge Scout Trail - FT #401

    Chief Benge Scout Trail is a 19 mile trek that links the cool waters of High Knob Lake with 30-foot falls, rapids, and small pools on the Little Stony.  The trail is open to hiking, biking,...

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  • Clinch River (Scott Co. Access)

    The Clinch River flows through some scenic gorges and has sweeping mountain views. Some sections contain Class I to III rapids. The river offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing for smallmouth and...

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  • Clinch River Adventures

    Come Get Drenched in the Clinch!!!! Clinch River Adventures is located in the Heart of Appalachia on the most bio diverse river in America, the Clinch River. We currently offer the following...

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  • Clinch River Skateboard Park

    If you’re looking for the best skate park in the region, look no further than the Clinch River Skateboard Park. The park is near the A.R. Matthews Park on Riverside Dr. across from the Oxbow Center...

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  • Clinch Valley Outfitters

    Want to experience one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United States? The Clinch Valley is home to more than 400 rare plant and animal species. Referred to as "American's Crown Jewel," "One of...

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  • Counts Cabin Trail

    The Counts Cabin trail, located in Dickenson County, is actually a section of the Pine Mountain Trail. Since much of the trail is intense for hikers and equestrians, many riders make a 9.5 mile loop...

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  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

    The first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers moving west. Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail...

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  • Cumberland Pine Mtn. Trail Riders

    Serious hikers or horseback riders will love this scenic trail which follows the crest of the Cumberland Mountains dividing Virginia and Kentucky for 26 miles from Pound Gap in Wise County to...

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  • Daniel Boone Loop Trail

    Located in the westernmost part of Virginia, the Daniel Boone Loop contains sites that have a strong historical connection to the early frontier. While this isn’t the exact path that Daniel Boone...

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  • Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

    A four hour driving tour through 3 counties covers the route of Daniel Boone’s famous Wilderness Trail. Boone and his axmen blazed the trail through 200 miles of Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky...

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  • Devil's Bathtub & Waterfall

    The Devil's Bathtub was recently named one of the Weather Channel's Hidden Gems.  The Devil's Fork Loop Trail takes you on a 7+ mile hike across stream beds, past Cascade Falls and to the Devils...

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  • Devils Fork Trail System

    Located primarily on an old logging grade. You will pass many scenic areas such as a 20' waterfall, mountain overlooks and the Devils Bathtub which is an excellent area where hikers will see the...

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  • Fincastle Turnpike

    In 1834 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to develop a route known as the “Fincastle Turnpike” from the Wilderness Road at Fincastle to Cumberland Gap. This was to be a toll road...

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  • Flag Rock Recreation Area

    From the City of Norton, Flag Rock can be seen as a rock outcrop capped with an American Flag, thus the name "Flag Rock". The recreation site sits over 1,000 feet above the City's elevation of 2,350...

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  • Greenbelt Trail

    The Greenbelt Trail is adjacent to Bullit Park in Big Stone Gap.  The Greenbelt Trail is situated along the widened bank of the Powell River.  The perfect place for wildlife watching. At an...

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  • Guest River Gorge Trail - FT #216

    Rails to trails project that follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River, a Virginia Scenic River. Trout fishing is permitted in the river, as well as kayaking and canoeing. ...

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  • Heart of Appalachia Bike Route and Scenic Drive

    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...

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  • Hidden Valley Lake

      [gallery link="none" size="medium" ids="15902,15904"] Hidden Valley is located off of Route 58 between Hansonville and Abingdon. A hidden gem in the Heart of Appalachia, there are...

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  • High Knob Lake Trail

    1.3-mile trail leads to High Knob Lake at the recreation...

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  • High Knob Trail - FT #120

    The High Knob Trail winds through woodlands and streams using a combination of roads and trails. This 33 mile trail is open to non-motorized users: hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The parking lots...

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  • Iron Works Cycling

    Iron Works Cycle is a retailer and outfitter conveniently located in downtown Big Stone Gap. The shop offers high quality bicycles, electric assist bikes, and accessories. You can even take a tandem...

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  • John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir

    Located in a rugged, wooded Cumberland Mountain setting, this V-shaped 1,145 acre reservoir stores waters of the Cranesnest and Pound Rivers.  This is some of America's cleanest and clearest water...

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  • Lake Keokee Loop Trail - FT #402

    Lake Keokee is about 11 miles east of the Town of Appalachia. The 3.7 mile trail around the 92 acre lake can be used for hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife watching.  It is a moderately easy hike...

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  • Lake Keokee Recreation Area

    This 92 Acre lake, surrounded by a lovely wooded area, may be used for fishing or boating. The lake features a paved boat launching ramp, four picnic units with tables and grills, and a 3.7 mile...

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  • Laurel Fork Trail - FT #206

    Primitive atmosphere for camping and picnicking. Accessible by boat, hiking or biking only.  Beautiful scenery (small waterfalls, geological formations, a variety of vegetation) and uncrowded...

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  • Legion Park Trail

    This park is on the site of the old American Legion Hall. It features a picnic shelter and access to a 30 yard interpretive trail with kiosks, giving information on local history and various regional...

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  • Little Stony National Recreation Trail

    Little Stony National Recreation Trail is located between Coeburn and Dungannon on a narrow gauge railroad bed that was constructed in the early 1900's for logging. The 2.8 mile trail follows the...

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  • Lonesome Pine Loop

    The Lonesome Pine Loop is a great choice for anyone wanting to visit the areas mentioned in John Fox Jr.’s 1908 novel, “Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. Many of the sites on this loop are located...

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  • Michael D. Young Hiking & Biking Trail

    This is a 3.31 mile Run in Grundy, VA, has a total ascent of 219.21 ft. and has a maximum elevation of 1,608.6 ft. It is considered a difficult trail due to the rough terrain and steep incline. ...

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  • Mountain Heritage Loop

    Tazewell County is historically known for it’s deep connection to the coal industry, however, as you cross Walker Mountain the only thing you can focus on is Tazewell’s beautiful scenic views....

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  • Mud Slingin' ATV Rentals

    Our ATV Rentals are conveniently located in St. Paul VA and ready to get you trail bound. Mud Slingin' ATV Rentals is ready to rent you the four-wheeler or RZR to fit your needs. You can simply ride...

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  • Natural Tunnel State Park

    More than 850 feet long and as high as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called it the “Eighth...

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  • North Fork of Pound Lake Reservoir

    Built in 1966 as authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1960, the 154 acre lake is used for fishing, boating, camping, picnicing, hiking, and municipal water supply. Picnic area overlooks reservoir...

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  • North Fork of Pound Reservoir

    Built in 1966 as authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1960, the 154 acre lake is used for fishing, boating, camping, picnicing, hiking, and municipal water supply. Picnic area overlooks reservoir...

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  • Oxbow Lake Park

    Oxbow Lake Park is a city-owned park that includes a wetland and forest complex adjacent to the Clinch River. Because of its well maintained trail system, it is a popular destination for many of...

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  • Pathfinders Outdoor Adventures, LLC

    Pathfinders is the premiere outdoor adventure outfitter in Southwestern Virginia offering sales and rental equipment, as well as training, for those who want to SEIZE THE...

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  • Phillips Creek Loop Trail

    The Phillips Creek Loop Trail is a self-guided trail with many attractions along the way such as an old still site, a waterfall along a high sandstone cliff, and an old Indian hunting camp.  There...

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  • Pine Mountain Trail - FT #201

    Serious hikers, mountain bikers, or horseback riders will love this scenic trail which follows the crest of the Cumberland Mountains dividing Virginia and Kentucky and meander in and out of the...

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  • Pinnacle Area Natural Preserve

    Towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls are but a few of the spectacular features of this preserve. The Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve is lush and offers visitors spectacular scenery....

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  • Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

    Towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls are but a few of the spectacular features of this preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography...

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  • Powell River Access - Dryden

    Experience the Powell River at water level, just as the early pioneers and explorers did, hundreds of years ago.  This waterway traverses through much undeveloped landscape, giving floaters and...

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  • Powell River Access - Longleaf Road

    Experience the Powell River at water level, just as the early pioneers and explorers did, hundreds of years ago.  This waterway traverses through much undeveloped landscape, giving floaters and...

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  • Powell River Access - Poteet Ferry Bridge

    Experience the Powell River at water level, just as the early pioneers and explorers did, hundreds of years ago.  This waterway traverses through much undeveloped landscape, giving floaters and...

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  • Red Fox Trail - FT #205

    This 1.5 mile historical trail is an interpretive hike back to 1892, when a massacre at the site left five people dead at what was dubbed "the killing rock."  Open to hiking, biking, and equestrian,...

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  • Riverbound X-Stream

    At Riverbound X-Stream, we seek to establish and promote our water resources as quality flyfishing destinations for all those who would share our vision of unspoiled places, magnificent fish, and...

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  • Russell Fork River

    A tributary of the Big Sandy River, the Russell Fork River is a scenic series of rapids, pools, and tortuous twists. World-class whitewater rafting opportunities are available on the river running...

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  • Russell Fork Whitewater Adventures

    Outfitter for day trips on the Russell Fork River, which offers whitewater rapids of Class III-V+ Outfitter works with individual or family's needs and skills on river...

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  • Saint Paul Loop Trail

    Located near the heart of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Loop offers six excellent sites for wildlife watching that visitors can enjoy. It includes everything from wetlands to montane to extensive...

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  • Scott County Regional Horse Park

    Scott County Horse Park is home to a wide range of equestrian events, including shows for various breeds, horse pulls and plow-offs for the draft horse enthusiasts, and trail rides through nearby...

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  • Spearhead Trails

    Ride Virginia's newest and most exciting trail destination! Spearhead Trails ATV & OHV systems are multi-use trail systems primarily designed for ATVs and Side by Sides.  Annual or Day Permits...

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  • Spearhead Trails - Coal Canyon Trail System

    Brand new as of May 2015, Coal Canyon ATV trail system is located adjacent to Poplar Gap Park in Grundy, Virginia. Phase one includes over 20 miles of rider-centric excitement on multiple trails. The...

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  • Spearhead Trails - Mountain View Trail System

    Spearhead Trails' Mountain View OHV system is a professionally designed multi-use trail adventure for riders of all experience levels. A region already known for its scenic beauty, outdoor...

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  • Spearhead Trails - Original Pocahontas Trail System

    The Pocahontas OHV Trail is located north of the historic Town of Pocahontas in Tazewell County, Virginia, accessible from either downtown or Boissevain Park. Phase I begins in the Town of...

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  • Spearhead Trails - Stone Mountain Trail System

    The Stone Mountain Trail system offers 30 miles of challenging intermediate to advanced level OHV trails with nine stunning overlook vistas never before offered to the public. Many of the overlooks...

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  • St. Paul Public Swimming Pool

    Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Deacon Drive, the Olympic-sized pool is the perfect add-on to any visit. The pool is open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m. during the swimming season. There are many...

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  • Stone Mountain Trail - FT #207

    This is a rugged 14+ mile trail that follows the crest of Stone Mountain between Big Stone Gap and Cave Springs Recreation Area. Visitors who don't want to hike the whole trail should take in the...

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  • Straight Fork Ridge Trail

    Accessed via the Devil's Bathtub Loop Trail, this 1.2 mile trail has many scenic vistas overlooking the mountain.  It is considered moderately difficult for horses.  Elevation ranges from 2760 to...

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  • Sugar Hill Loop Disc Golf

    If you decide to visit the Sugar Hill Loop while in St. Paul, be sure to check out the disc-golf course as you’re passing though. The 9-hole course is located near the Frenchman’s Settlement...

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  • Sugar Hill Loop Trail

    This well-maintained hiking and biking trail extends nearly 8 miles around and over Sugar Hill, the large ridge north of Oxbow Lake Park. The trail climbs steeply to the ridge and then curves back...

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  • Sugar Maple Bicycle Trail

    The Sugar Maple Trail is 1.8 miles of exhilarating mountain biking and hiking trails that are located at the Flag Rock Recreation Area in Norton, VA.  Contact City of Norton Parks and Recreation...

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  • The Crooked Road

    The sounds of country music beat strong and pure in Virginia, expecially in the Southwest Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachia regions, connected by The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage...

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  • The Great Channels Natural Area Preserve

      The Channels Natural Area Preserve, Hayters Gap VA from Mark Simcox on Vimeo.   Within he boundary of the 4,836 acre Channels State Forest is a 721 acre parcel that has been...

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  • Trans-America Bike Route

    The TransAmerica Trail was established for Adventure Cycling’s celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, originally being called Bikecentennial, which many old-timers still associate with the...

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  • Wallen Ridge Trail - FT #329

    Wallen Ridge and Lovelady Gap are part of the High Knob Landform. Wallen Ridge Trail, FT #329, is located in the Clinch Ranger District of the Jefferson National Forest. The trail is rated moderate...

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  • White Rock Stables

    White Rocks Stables offers a 'fun for the whole family' experience with several locations recommended for riders ranging from novice to the most experienced of horseman. In the near future, we hope...

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  • Wilderness Road State Park

    Wilderness Road State Park was purchased in 1993. The park is about 310 acres that lie astride the Wilderness Road, a route carved by Daniel Boone in 1775. The route, which followed a buffalo trace,...

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  • Wilderness Road Trail

    Wilderness Road State Park is a 310 acre park in Lee County, the westernmost county in the Commonwealth.  The State Park offers many options for outdoor recreation including the 8.9 mile Wilderness...

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  • Wise Lake Reservoir

    The Wise Reservoir provides the water supply for the Town of Wise. Although heavily used by anglers and picnickers, this is also a good venue for wildlife watching. Mixed woodlands surround the...

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