Appalachian Backroads – Black Snake

Cumberland to Appalachia crosses Black Mountain at the highest point in Kentucky and is aptly named the Coalfield Black Snake run. Black Snakes are in abundance in this coal region and you’re likely to catch a glimpse of snakes sunbathing on the road during the summer months. This route is approximately 129 miles of breathtaking views of Virginia and Kentucky.

For details, turn-by-turn directions, downloadable GPX files, a list of lodging, dining and attractions along the way, and to order a free Appalachian Backroads Map showing off 14 of the best scenic backroads of Appalachia, visit And to plan ahead of your visit, click on our interactive trip planner app to plot your stops along the way!


Start in Pennington Gap, VA 24277


(276) 762-0011

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