Heart of Appalachia

Heart of Applachia

At Virginia's westernmost tip, the Heart of Appalachia region is one of rugged beauty in its landscapes, culture and people.

From the Cherokees to the coal miners to modern-day celebrities, the folks here will astound you.

Music is celebrated along "The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail," which takes you to mountain-music venues for some serious flat-footin', fast fiddle and banjo tunes and lonesome tenor echo's. One of the most famous celebrities of this region is Dr. Ralph Stanley, who is host at his own event every spring. Some of the Saturday night events include:

The history and heritage of the region can be explored at:

The rugged beauty of the region can be explored at:


If you enjoy adventure, this region is loaded with places to canoe and kayak, camp and see wildlife.

Enjoy the Heart of Appalachia, where the heartbeat of the region continues to reverberate through the people that travel here and witness its many charms.


Heart of Applachia Experiences

Breaks Interstate Park overlook

Heart of Appalachia Driving Tour

The Heart of Appalachian region takes visitors through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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Family Fun in the Heart of Appalachia

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Harry W. Meador Coal Museum

Virginia's Coal Mining Legacy

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