Southwest VA - Heart of Appalachia
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 was Dr. Ralph Stanley, who has an event in his honor every spring. Some of the Saturday night events include:
- The Carter Family Fold music venue in Hiltons
- The Virginia-Kentucky Opry in Norton
The history and heritage of the region can be explored at:
- Harry W. Meador Coal Museum
- Historic Crab Orchard & Pioneer Park
- Pocahontas Exhibition Mine & Museum
- Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
- Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama – summer months only
The rugged beauty of the region can be explored at:
- Burke's Garden – a crater-like valley atop a mountain; dubbed "God's Thumbprint"
- Cumberland Gap National Park
- Natural Tunnel State Park – take a chairlift ride!
- Breaks Interstate Park
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.
- 518 Clinton Avenue East
COME SEE THEATRE UNDER THE STARS! The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is an outdoor drama in operation yearly during the summer months…