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Natural Tunnel State Park

If you want all the outdoor fun of a state park along, with some wonderful modern amenities, then Natural Tunnel State Park is a perfect choice. Natural Tunnel State Park, located in Scott County about 13 miles from Gate City, boasts nearly 1,000 acres of trails, camping sites and beautiful cabins. (more…)




Wilderness Road State Park

Wilderness Road State Park

In 1775, Daniel Boone followed a buffalo trail and created a route that would become known as Wilderness Road.

Today, a state park in southwestern Virginia of the same name runs alongside Boone’s route and provides a glimpse into the past. Visitors can trace the historic trail as they enjoy hiking, cycling and other activities. (more…)




Southwest Virginia Museum

Southwest Virginia Attraction Guide

Southwest Virginia attractions include a variety of activities for people of all ages, families, couples and those with all interests.

While there are countless attractions, there is no way to visit them all when vacationing or passing through. Choosing from some of the more popular attractions may make your trip more enjoyable. (more…)

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Smith River Fest

Smith River Fest

Come to Axton’s annual Smith River Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Smith River Sports Complex.

This event celebrates all things associated with the Smith River, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. (more…)

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Old Fiddlers Convention

Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax

Every August, some of the world’s finest fiddlers and musicians head to Galax, Virginia, to show off their skills and participate in the annual Old Fiddler’s Convention.

This five-day event is the oldest and largest fiddler’s convention in the world, providing more than 75 years of competition and celebration of music. In 2021 it takes place Aug. 9 to 14. (more…)

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Carroll County Fair

The Carroll County Fair is held yearly in late August on fairgrounds located at the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.

The fair has a daily gate entrance fee that includes for all the events.

Goals of the fair:

– To be both fun and educational for people of all ages.

– To give our community an economical place to enjoy themselves while learning AgDayabout the importance of Agriculture.

– To become a community event that everyone takes pride in.

– To give individuals a chance to reminisce about the way things used to be and at the same time show how agriculture and the area has progressed.

– To have folks come away from the Fair with a better understanding of the area’s agriculture diversity and agriculture’s importance to the area’s economy.

– To have a wide variety of fun events for children of all ages such as the carnival rides, storytelling, beauty pageant, and 4-H family fun games, and more.

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Crabtree Falls top cascade. © 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Crabtree Falls Hike in Nelson County

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia — certainly one of the top three along with Cascade Falls in Pembroke and White Oak Canyon Falls in Syria.

The rank for beauty may be debatable, but Crabtree is ranked No. 1 east of the Mississippi River for tallest vertical-drop, cascading waterfall in the United States. (more…)





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