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After a long hike you might want to just call it a day.

But don’t go doing it in front of a TV. You can do that at home. Out here you can experience live performances of real bluegrass and old-time music, or come out to one of the local jam sessions.  There is always traditional music being picked in the Heart of Appalachia.  Unique experiences will enhance your visit like going to the drive-in, watching an outdoor drama, or seeing exotic animals from across the globe, up close and personal.  The possibilities are virtually endless.

  • Carter Family Fold - Wayne Henderson & Friends with The Looping Brothers
    Apr 20 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Wayne Henderson & Friends with The Looping Brothers headlines this Saturday!

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle...
  • Sunrise Hike - Natural Tunnel
    Apr 20 Duffield
    Join an interpreter on a guided hike on a portion of the Wildlife and Birding Trail. When we reach the Gazebo, we'll enjoy the stunning views right as dawn breaks. This trail is a moderate 1.2 mile roundtrip. Bring plenty of water, a camera, and a flashlight. Pre-register at...
  • Frontier Muster and Trade Faire
    Apr 27-28 Duffield
    Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the frontier at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse. Have the opportunity to immerse yourself in what life was like on the frontier over 200 years ago. Blacksmithing, leather-tanning, music, fiber processing, and 18th...
  • Clinch Mountain Music Fest
    Apr 27 Hiltons
  • Run the Tunnel
    Apr 27 Duffield
    Do you have what it takes to run this multi-terrain race? The race will take you through several sections of the park from the campground through wooded areas along asphalt and grassy areas. This is a 3.8 mile race that is hosted by the State of Franklin Track Club and...
  • Kayak/Float the Powell River Summer Daze
    April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 3
    We will be set up at the Trail head of Powell River Trails for Float the River Daze. You can choose to rent a kayak or inner tube, we will then shuttle you up to the drop off location and place you in the water and let your adventure begin. Some days we will also have food...
  • The Wilderness Road Blockhouse - Natural Tunnel
    May 4-5 Duffield
    The Blockhouse was built in the spring of 1775 on the North Fork of the Holston River by John Anderson. His fortified home became a landmark along the road west, the Wilderness Road, which was marked by Daniel Bonne and 30 ax men. Over the next thirty years, some...
  • Burke's Garden Blessing of the Bikes
    May 5 Tazewell
    This annual event was started in 2002 by two local pastors who wanted to reach out to bikers.  Hundreds of motorcycle riders gather each year in beautiful Burke's Garden at the Burke's Garden Community Center to hold the annual blessing of the bikes event.  Local churches...
  • Cinco De Vino! - MountainRose Vineyards
    May 5 Wise
    Join us for a Cinco De ‘Vino’ celebration! Enjoy our infamous wine cocktail "Darby's Rose Colored Glasses"!  UVA Wise graduates and their families are welcomed as we congratulate the class of 2019! Stroll through the vineyard and tour our winery to see how wine is made,...
  • Raid at Martin's Station - Wilderness Road State Park
    May 10-12 Ewing
    Slip into the shadows of Virginia's 1776 wilderness. Activities on Friday and Saturday include: tours of Cherokee warrior and colonial militia camps; tales about fort life; 18th century merchants and colonial traders. On Saturday, the Liberty Project fundraiser for the...
  • Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run
    May 18 Norton
    Join the Norton Friends and Farmers Market for the second annual Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run. The race will travel on the Flag Rock Area Trails System in the City of Norton's Flag Rock Recreation Area. See www.fitfarmertrailrun.wordpress.com for more details and visit
  • Devil's Bathtub- "Focus on Science" Guided Hike
    May 18, June 14, July 12, August 17, September 14
    Are you a teacher needing professional development or just someone interested in learning about biology and geology? We are offering two guided hikes lead by two of our guides who specialize in the sciences. They will shuttle you to and back from the Devil’s bathtub in our...
  • High Knob Music Festival
    June 15 Norton
    A free family friendly event nestled in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Step back in time and relax to a mixture of different artists from around SWVA as the musical goodness echoes through out the park. If your hungry let the tempting smell of Brats that are grilled...
  • High Knob Music Festival
    Jun 15 Norton
    The 2019 High Knob Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 15, at the High Knob Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest, outside of Norton, Virginia. The event will start at 11:00 AM go until 7:30 PM. The festival is free to the public. The National Forest...
  • Watch a meteor shower from a kayak
    June 24-29, August 9-10
    Watch the annual Perseid Meteor Shower or The Taurid meteor shower while kayaking on the lake. Watch up to 150 meteors per hour and enjoy the annual meteor shower show and view the Milky Way from the comfort of one of our kayaks. Meet at the Stone Mountain Adventures building...
  • Mountain Bike Tour/ Fireworks
    July 6
    Ride the picturesque trails of Flag Rock recreation area as part of the July 7th Independence Day celebration by the City of Norton. Mountain bike miles of trails to end up at Flag Rock to watch the fireworks eye level. Price includes bike rental, helmet and tour guide plus...
  • 49 Winchester live at Western Front Hotel
    Jul 20 St. Paul
    Western Front Hotel presents: 49 Winchester live in Town of St. Paul Virginia! Since making their start five years ago in Castlewood VA. This young band has released two albums and played festivals and shows all over the East and are incredibly excited to be back where it...
  • Haunted Ghost Tours
    October 4,5,11,12,18,19, 25,16, 31. November 1,2.
    Take a ride of a lifetime and tour local haunted spots in Wise County. You’ll hear tales of horror and history of some of Wise County’s most haunted spots. Price of the tours is $15.00 in advance

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