Their rugged and mountainous area is truly one of the most beautiful and biologically rich areas in the world. The Clinch Valley, which spans the length of Russell County, has been designated as “one of the last great places” by the Nature Conservancy, an environmental group dedicated to conserving the lands and waters of the world. The Clinch River and its tributaries support a great variety of mussels, fishes and other aquatic species found nowhere else on the planet. This unique ecosystem has led to three natural area preserves being designated in our county: the Pinnacle, The Channels and Cleveland Barrens.
Recreational opportunities abound in the area. These include golf, hiking, biking, fishing, festivals, fairs and even a vineyard and winery, Vincent’s Vineyard, offering free tours and tastings.