Enjoy Natural Wonders and Mountain Hospitality!

Spectacular Scenery, Abundant Wildlife!

Rambling Raccoons Of Buchanan CountyCredit: Morgue File

The most forested county in the Commonwealth, Buchanan County [3] offers excellent bass and trout fishing, challenging biking and hiking trails, tranquil camping sites, spectacular scenery and friendly folks. Visitors delight in the natural wonders and mountain hospitality of this extraordinarily special part of the Appalachian [1] Plateau of Southwestern Virginia. Known for its wildlife and bird viewing opportunities, beautiful Buchanan County is home to black bears, whitetail deer, fox, bobcat, coyotes, raccoons, possum, squirrels, badgers and beavers. Owls, eagles and osprey congregate to fish along the lakeshores and mountain rivers and streams. A variety of snakes, reptiles and small mammals provide food for hawks, ravens, falcons and other birds of prey. In the tall grasslands dove, ruffled grouse and wild turkey are plentiful. More than 170 different species of birds are found inhabiting the grassed-over strip mines and steep mountain slopes of Buchanan County. In spring and summer visitors are treated to brilliant displays of wildflowers and the melodious concert of a variety of songbirds. In September, fall foliage and birding tours are a popular attraction.

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Visitors wishing to join guided groups of bird watching enthusiasts are invited to contact the Buchanan Bird Club, County Public Library, 1185 Poe Town Street, Grundy, Virginia 24614 or call (276) 259-7636

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Hiking, Biking and Horseback Trails

There are 340 unique trails that make up the Mountain Area of the Southwestern Virginia Trail System. [2] In Buchanan County, seasoned trekkers favor Compton Mountain, Horn Mountain, Poplar Gap Park/Sunset Hollow and the Breaks Interstate Park for challenging and visually rewarding trails.

Points Of Interest

Coal Heritage Trail

Coal is integral to the culture and rich historical heritage of Buchanan County. Winding through the rural communities of Whitewood, Compton Mountain, Dismal River, Vansant, Grundy, Big Rock and The Breaks, the 325-mile Buchanan County section of the Coal Heritage Trail offers travelers a self-guided tour of the coalfields so vital to the area’s economy. The scenic route provides a view of both active and worked out mines, a coal cooking plant, a reclaimed strip mine, and the coal-hauling railroad. In 2007, The Coal Heritage Trail was designated an official Virginia Byway.

Festivals And Celebrations

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Virginia Folklife Festival

The pride of the area, the Virginia Folklife Festival held the first weekend of June at Poplar Gap Park. The family orientated festival is a lively celebration of life in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Story telling, quilt displays, basket making classes, woodcarving, mining related displays, dulcimer construction and mountain music are but a few of the featured highlights of the Virginia Folklife Festival. Visitors to the festival also enjoy flower displays, a farmers market and the tasty presentations of local foods.

Buchanan County Fair

Celebrate Independence Day at fair. The fair offers activities and events for all ages. Stock shows, displays of agricultural and mining equipment, thrilling midway-rides, contests, competitions and scrumptious food are but a few of the fun features of the fair.

4th of JulyCredit: Morgue File


Join local residents in an autumn festival to celebrate the glorious fall foliage that graces the mountainsides. Laurel, silver maple, rhododendron, and mountain ash added vibrant swaths of color and contrast. Brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow color the spectacular mountain vistas. Oktoberfest showcases the arts and crafts of local and regional artists and musicians. Visitors enjoy lively mountain music while shopping for pottery, baskets, woodcarvings, antiques, musical instruments and one-of-a-kind mountain treasures.

Other popular events include Warbler Watch Day on Compton Mountain, the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally, the Bluegrass Extravaganza held over the 4th of July weekend at Breaks Interstate Park, the Poplar Gap Horse Show and the Rivers to Ridges Century Bike Ride. For dates, driving directions and complete information about all the fun-filled events contact Buchanan County, PO Box 1056, Gundy, Virginia 24614 or call (276) 935-6551.

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Breaks Interstate Park is a heavily treed 4,500-acre park located where Dickenson and Buchanan counties converge with Pike County, Kentucky. Commonly known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”, Breaks Interstate was created in 1954 in a cooperative action by the Virginia and Kentucky legislatures. Presenting a diverse array of recreational opportunities, the park offers hiking, mountain biking and driving trails, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sheltered picnic areas as well as a restaurant and spacious lodge with meeting facilities. Visitors are drawn to explore hidden springs, caves and unusual geological formations found throughout the park. Breaks Interstate Park is a choice location for a family reunion, group gatherings or a corporate retreat.

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Celebrate the seasons in Grundy, Virginia