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DCR Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve - More Info
891 State Park Road
Lebanon, VA 24266
Phone: (276) 676-5673
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 of Pinnacle NAP has been modified by the forces of weather, water, and time to create this dramatic landscape. Towering above Big Cedar Creek is an impressive rock formation, the Pinnacle, from which the area derives its name. Cut from dolomite, the Pinnacle rises 400 feet above Big Cedar Creek. The Preserve's unique habitats support at least nine rare species and two rare natural communities.
The preserve is open year-round. Public facilities include parking, a suspension foot-bridge, and hiking trails.A preserve guide factsheet and map are available to assist in planning your visit at www.dcr.virginia.gov.
Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities.
From Abingdon, follow US 19 north to Lebanon. Take US 19 (Business) into Lebanon. Turn left onto VA 82 towards Cleveland. Turn right onto VA 640. Bear right onto VA 640 where VA 740 comes in. Turn left onto VA 721 and follow it into the preserve.
Flag Rock Recreation Area - More Info
City of Norton
Norton, VA 24273
Phone: (540) 679-0754
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 ft. The site offers twenty-five acres of recreation area with spectacular views, hiking trails, a fishing area, playground equipment and 18 camping slots. Bath houses have hot and cold water. Two large shelters and several smaller ones are available for picnicking. There are over 50 picnic tables with grills. Camping is also available. Two large shelters are available by reservation only, for a fee of $50.00 per shelter. All camping sites have electricity and are $15.00 per site, per night. Camping is first come first serve. Payment for camping is available at a self service pay station located between the upper and lower campgrounds. For more information call the Norton Recreation Department at 276 679-0754
Appalachian Backroads - Wise County - More Info
3028 4th Avenue Market Square
St. Paul, VA 24283
Phone: (276) 762-0011
The Commonwealths of Kentucky & Virginia share a rugged mountainous border of jagged peaks rising over 4135 feet into the horizon. Pine and Black Mountains create this phenomenal land mass through the Heart of Appalachia region enticing you to experience the curvy back roads that form these unique travel routes. Traverse through valley and peak; forest land, rolling farms, through distinct towns and lots of curves. Many of the trails intertwine with rivers and streams that our early pioneer settlers followed hundreds of years ago.
Museums, history, musicians, artisans and mountain folklore dwell in these peaks and valleys and continue the traditions that made this region the focus of many novels, documentaries and movies. The touring and travel is well suited (and chosen for) to motorcyclists, as well as sight-seeing vehicle visitors and avid experienced bicycling enthusiasts... check out Benge's Revenge (it's not for sissies)!
For the Appalachia Backroads Motorcycle and Leisure Travel Guide/Map to our scenic, curvy back roads, please call or visit our website. Explore the Appalachian Backroads... once you do, you'll want to come back for more!
Bullitt Park - More Info
103 Shawnee Avenue
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (540) 523-0098
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 field, tennis courts, fitness and biking trails, large playground, picnic areas, pavilions and a track. Serving as a park since 1935, it is the site for many community activities such as singing conventions, band festivals and craft shows. Bullitt Park was named for Joshua Taggart Bullitt, an early entrepreneur, land speculator and coal mining baron.
Trans-America Bike Route - More Info
P.O. Box 207
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (540) 523-2005
This bike route follows Rt. 80 through Dickenson and Russell Counties. Route 80 can be accessed from Saltville (Smyth County) or at Elk Garden off US Hwy. 19 in Russell County.
Graham Recreation Park - More Info
Gov GC Peery Hwy
Bluefield, VA 24605
Phone: (276) 322-4626
Owned by the Town of Bluefield, VA, this 57 acre park has room for lots of activity. The land ranges from gently sloping to higher hills. It has an ampitheatre, 1 small and 3 large nice covered shelters available for rental for birthday parties, baby, bridal, or household showers, family reunions, or other approved events. Sporting events can be held there by local teams. Plenty of parking, paved road through most of the park. Bring your own chair or blanket for seating. A great place to walk for exercise on the walking trail. A caboose is in the park to tour and playground equipment for the younger kids. Restrooms available.
The park is generally open from March to November, weather permitting from daylight till dark. There is a walk gate that makes the park accessible year round.
Contact the Town of Bluefield, VA for any questions, reservation availabilities and fees.
Cumberland Mountain View Drive - More Info
Breaks, VA 24607
Phone: (276) 865-4413
This 19-mile back roads excursion begins five miles south of the Breaks Interstate Park. The drive connects the park to the town of Clintwood, VA. The drive offers attractions like Blowing Rock, a farm, a wildlife farm, caving, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, whitewater rafting and primitive camping are all accessible from Rt. 611.
Self guided driving brochures are available.