The rough mountainous terrain has greatly influenced the development of Dickenson County. Early settlers located along stream beds where the best farmland was to be found. The county was formed in 1880 from sections of Russell, Wise and Buchanan Counties. Named for William J. Dickenson, the delegate to the General Assembly who sponsored its formation, Dickenson County became the one hundredth county in Virginia – known today as “Virginia’s Baby.”
Breaks Interstate Park will forever be the gem of Dickenson County. From hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and camping to the luxury cabins, horseback riding, a waterpark, and recently added ziplines across the Grand Canyon of the South, there’s something for every adventure visitor.