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Local Attractions

We are home to some of the most beautiful landscape in Appalachia. From the White Rocks to the Stone Face Rock; you will enjoy miles of breath taking mountainous landscapes.

Whether you are looking to catch a weekend show at the Lee Theatre; looking for a peaceful weekend getaway at one of our quiet rentals; or embark on a week long outdoor adventure you will not be disappointed with any destination mentioned below.

Every year THOUSANDS of people from across the world travel to our beautiful area and explore for many different reasons. We have a ton of history, culture, music, food, and entertainment to make lasting memories, and an exciting get away!

DON'T JUST VISIT, EXPERIENCE!

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White Rocks Overlook

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Ewing, Virginia 22 Miles from Site

Must See! The White Rocks have long been one of the most beautifully noted places in Lee County. It has been photographed several thousand times and remains as a beacon of home for the locals. Very few driving views will compare with these three miles of absolute splendor! This photo opt is one worth the drive. Be sure to stop and take a moment, you will be glad you did. It is beautiful year round, so please visit again soon! Would you like to stand on top of the White Rocks? The trail begins at Thomas Walker Civic Park.

Sand Caves

Ewing, Virginia 21 miles from site

Tucked away in the Cumberland Gap National Park, hikers and horseback riders will discover a ceiling of gold, red and green, eroded rock forms and photo ops to cherish.  Access to this gem of a find is through Thomas Walker Civic Park in Ewing, Virginia.  A 3.9 mile hike brings the visitor to the entrance of this natural wonder. Continuing along this trail, leads to White Rocks (5.2 miles) where hikers and equestrians can view three states, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee from the lookout atop the formation. It will not be a view soon forgotten! Yes, horses are welcome on this trail and there is ample trailer parking at the trailhead. 

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Cumberland Gap National Park

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Middlesboro, Kentucky 32 miles from site

Right outside the Lee County Line. The first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers moving west.

Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail beginning in Southwest Virginia through Cumberland Gap known as the Wilderness Road. It became the route westward for pioneers who travelled west through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Both the North and the South vied for control of the Cumberland Gap during the Civil war.

Today the park consists of approximately 20,000 acres and 70 miles of hiking trails. There are numerous scenic and historic features in the park and ranger led programs are offered throughout the year including tours of Gap Cave and the historic Hensley Settlement.

Monte Vista Golf Club

Ewing, Virginia 30 miles from site

Built in 1978-79, Monte Vista began as a dream in the heart of George S. "Nig" Engle, to provide a place that anybody, regardless of background or means could play golf and enjoy themselves, and today his family is still seeing his dream live on. We are still owned and operated by his son in law and daughter- Ralph and Denise Young, Grandson- (George) Daniel Carmack and widow- Etta-Lou Engle Talley.A family owned and operated golf course, Monte Vista is the most friendly and affordable place to play golf in the Tri-State area! Located along the beautiful Cumberland Mountains, you will find yourself playing on some of the most beautiful 9 holes, any course offers.

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Cedar Hill Country Club

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Jonesville, Virginia 6 miles from site

1100 Shannon Evans Rd, Jonesville, VA, United States, 24263 (276) 346-1535

Well kept greens, manicured lawns, lots of good reviews and followers on Facebook. great prices, friendly staff!

Wilderness Road State Park

Ewing, Virginia 26 miles from site

Wilderness Road State Park offers visitors picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. The park visitor center is home to a state of the art theater featuring an award winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation”. The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop with unique regional gifts.

The park features the reconstructed Martin’s Station Fort, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on Virginia’s 1775 frontier. Guests also enjoy the park’s 3 picnic shelters, 100-seat amphitheater, nature play-scape, ADA certified playground, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. The 1870’s era Karlan Mansion is a picturesque location for weddings, family reunions or meetings. It has a solarium that’s perfect for showers, birthdays and other special functions. The park’s visitor center theater and amphitheater are also available for rent. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride on the 8.9 mile Wilderness Trail linking the state park with the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park campground, and more than 50 miles of national park trails. The park is located 5 miles west of Ewing, and 8 miles east of the Tennessee & Kentucky state lines on U.S. Route 58.

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Lake Keokee

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Keokee, Virginia 27 miles from site

Lake Keokee Loop is a 3.7 mile trail that loops around a 92 acre lake.  The area is used for hiking, fishing, and wildlife observation. The facility has a paved launch ramp, picnic areas, and hiking trails. The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.

Cooney Hollow Swinging Bridge

Jonesville, Virginia 6 miles from site

Enjoy our swinging bridges! Lee County is home to twelve swinging bridges! The original purpose for these bridges was to provide access to pedestrians when the water was too high to drive across. These are maintained but if they are ever destroyed will not be rebuilt. Enjoy them while we have them!

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Lee Theatre

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Pennington Gap, Virginia 8 miles from site

The Lee Theatre is a newly renovated 1930s theatre. It encompasses a wide variety of entertainment ranging from local productions to regional entertainment. Choose any of the over 500 seats, because the sound is flawless!  This beautiful and unique venue can also be reserved for weddings! Call 276-346-4000 for upcoming show and ticket information or visit them on the web.

Best Places to Go Fishing

Various Locations, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee

if you enjoy fishing, you have come to the right place!

Click on the picture to see various locations available and distances.

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Natural Tunnel State park

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Duffield, Virginia 33 miles from site

More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called it the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or "chimneys." Facilities include two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a visitor center, a camp store and a gift shop. You'll also find the Wilderness Road historic area, a swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor. Guests enjoy cave tours and canoe trips on the Clinch River, as well as the Cove Ridge Center, which offers environmental education, conference facilities and overnight dorm accommodations. A camp store and kayak programs are new this year.

Dragon Slayer Motorcycle Ride Highway 160

Between Kentucky and Virginia 40 miles from site with all curvy roads to get there! snakes the Dragon Slayer Hwy 160, a 20 mile destination ride with more than 226 significant curves, breathtaking views and the highest point in Kentucky atop Black Mountain. Come Slay the Dragon yourself.

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Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State park

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Big Stone Gap, Virginia 26 miles from site

A National Historic Landmark, the Southwest Virginia Museum is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with an original oak interior. The museum's collection includes more than 60,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining "boom and bust" era of the late 1800s. The museum also offers many interpretive and special events. The gift shop features unique items representative of the area's history and crafts made by regional artisans. The park offers facilities for meetings, weddings and other special occasions, and the charming Poplar Hill Cottage is available for overnight guests.

Two floors are accessible for visitors unable to climb stairs. Click Other Info on the left for more information.

The Devils Bathtub & Waterfall

Scott County, Virginia 35 miles from site

Devil’s Fork Loop Trail is perfect for the true back country enthusiasts who are willing to get their feet wet. All hikers should be prepared to scramble over boulders, and should plan their visit during relatively low water conditions. The highlight of the trail is the spectacular Devil’s Bathtub, a naturally smooth swimming hole.

After the first creek crossing, you have the option of going right or left. The Forest Service has the sign pointing both ways to the Devil’s Bathtub, but the mileage is not marked. To the right is 7 miles round trip, but with no creek crossings. To the left is the shorter and more heavily traveled trail with 13 creek crossings.

Weekdays are the best time to visit Devil's Bathtub due to its popularity. 

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Cumberland Bowl Park

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Jonesville, Virginia (2 blocks from site within walking distance from our location)

Cumberland Bowl Park is in the heart of Jonesville, at the end of Park Street just North of the center of town.  The "bowl" is a natural inclusion in the earth and a unique setting for the park itself.  Covering several acres there are many different areas for picnics, sports and a host of other activities.

 

One of the most untapped resources in Lee County, the park is open to one and all and almost all of the events within the park are free.  Included inside the park is one of the most intimate music venues in the area.  Several pavilions both large and small are available for gatherings such as family reunions.

 

Perhaps one of the greatest assets to the park is the "Veterans Memorial Wall".  Soldiers names appear on the bricks of the wall honoring their service to Armed Forces of The United States of America.

 

Of Course the greatest thing about the park is its natural beauty.  Large Evergreens, and Oaks, along with many other of nature's best, thrive within the park's boundary.  It's quiet serenity is at times breath-taking.  Come for a quite walk, a picnic lunch or one of the many festive events.

Big Stone Gap Putt-Putt Golf

Big Stone, Virginia

Mini-Golf! 26 miles from site

Fun for Kids, with challenging obstacles for adults! Concessions, featuring our Gap Gushy, Bonus games such as Corn Hole, a Preschool area with a boat sandbox, appearances by our mascot Golly Gopher, and a Book Nook House where kids can take home books—ALL INCLUDED in your $7.00 per person ticket!

Located at:
706 Cherokee Avenue West, Big Stone Gap VA, 24219

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Places to Ride Off-Road Trails

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All Over, Virginia various distances

Located in the Southwest Corner of Virginia, Spearhead Trails welcomes ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and hikers to explore hundreds of miles of connecting trails through the mountainous terrain. The trail system currently has five separate trails of varying difficulty for riders of every experience level. Permits are required for every rider and passenger, and helmets must be worn at all times. Spearhead Trails are open from daylight to dark. 

Click the image to see more trails nearby.

Cave Springs

Dryden, Virginia 16 miles from site

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Cave Springs Recreation Area is located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The facility has camping, picnic areas, small pond and beach area for swimming. Visitors favorite activity is hiking the loop trail to a breathtaking overlook to a historic cave.

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Axe Handle Distilling

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Pennington Gap, Virginia 9 miles from site

Soon To Be Your Favorite Distillery Whiskey has been a part of our Nation from its birth. Wars have almost been fought over it, songs have been sung about it, and legends have been tied to it. Its history spans back for centuries and the allure of it has even led a few to be at odds with the law. It’s the taste and the history. The tradition of making a spirit that has a pride of its own. All of this combined with our own love of quality spirits is what led us into the world of whiskey and then on to create our other special spirits. Four decades ago there was a vision of creating and constructing log homes to the highest standards and doing it in a manner that harkens to the heritage and tradition of those before us. Old Virginia Hand Hewn Log Homes, Inc. made that vision a reality building all over the United States. After forty years of manufacturing and building hand hewn, Appalachian style, log homes we understand that a hands on approach may not be the fastest way to do things but it is often the best. Chisels, draw knives, and axes are the tools we use to create our homes and in the distillery we swap these with the traditions of grains, limestone water, and oak barrels. No matter what the job is for the day we always keep an eye to the past. We hope that you will take a moment to think of where whiskey has been and where it is going each time you have any of the Axe Handle spirits. It is in our commitment to honoring this history that we will always strive to produce the highest quality spirits that we possibly can. We appreciate you taking the journey with us.

Coal Museum

Big Stone Gap, Virginia 26 miles from site

Coal is to Big Stone Gap and the entire Appalachian region what automobiles are to Detroit, corn is to Kansas and oil is to Texas.  Because coal mining, to a large extent, defines the area–how people live, where they work, and how they think and feel.  The Coal Museum was put together, bit by bit and piece by piece, from the mini treasure troves and memorabilia of private homes and public buildings from Big Stone Gap and surrounding towns.  For natives, the museum attempts to describe a personal heritage as well as provide a peek into the past.  For others, it offers a rich educational experience concerning coal and its direct influence on the local lifestyle.

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Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama

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Big Stone Gap, Virginia

History of the Drama 27 miles from site

John Fox Jr. was one of Virginia’s best-selling writers in the first decade of the twentieth century. He chronicled in popular fiction the customs and characters of southern Appalachia and produced two of the first million-selling novels in the United States, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903) and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908).

With an advance sale of 100,000, The Trail of Lonesome Pine eventually sold two million copies, making second in book sales only to the Bible. A place it held until the publication of Gone with the Wind in 1936.

It was adapted for the stage and produced at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York in 1912. Cecil B. DeMille wrote, directed, and produced a film version in 1916, while other versions appeared in 1914, 1923, and 1936. In 1964 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine was adapted into a stage play by Earl Hobson Smith and Clara Lou Kelly and first performed in Big Stone Gap.

Growing out of the community based Big Stone Gap Music Club productions in the early 1960s, the original cast performed their first full-length production, The King and I in 1964, followed that summer with the inaugural season of Trail of the Lonesome Pine. The Music Club and Lonesome Pine Community Chorale went on to stage Trail during the summers and off-season productions that included Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, and Annie Get Your Gun. In 1994, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine was named the Official Outdoor Drama of Virginia.

Johnson's Fishing Pond

Jonesville, Virginia 10 miles from site

Looking for a great place to the spend the day? Johnson's Fishing Pond is locally owned and operated and offers a great fishing experience for all. It is stocked with Bluegill, Bass and Catfish and is a catch and release pond. They offer fishing in a safe and family friendly environment!

 

 

Location: Hubbard Springs Road, Jonesville VA

Phone: (276) 870-9989

Cost:

Fishing is $5 per adult. Children under 10 fish free with paying adult

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Martins Fork Lake

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Harlan County, Kentucky 28 miles from site

Martins Fork Lake is a 340-acre reservoir in Harlan County, Kentucky. The lake was impounded from the Martins Fork in 1979 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is named for James Martin, an early pioneer in the area.

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