Plan A Family Horseback Riding Adventure in Virginia!

Spectacular Scenery - Abundant Wildlife

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Deep in the heart of coal country, Dickenson County, [1] Virginia attracts lovers of outdoor adventure. Fishing, hunting, boating, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, motorcycle tours, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and snow tubing, and ice-fishing are, but some of the exciting activities to be found in Dickenson County. The friendly folk of Dickenson County welcome all. For assistance in planning your holiday, contact the Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1990, Clintwood, Virginia 24228, (276) 926-6074.

Hiking, Mountain Biking And Horseback Riding

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Cumberland and Pine Mountain Trail Riders

The Cumberland and Pine Mountain Trail Riders invite horseback riders to join them on their annual trail rides. Held the 2nd weekend of May and the 2nd weekend in October, the trail follows the crest of the Cumberland Mountains for 26 miles from Pound Gap in Wise County to Potter’s Flats in Breaks Interstate Park. A challenging ride, the trip requires map reading and wilderness survival skills. For more information and trail conditions, contact Cumberland and Pine Mountain Trail Riders, 354 Ramey Flats Road, Clintwood, Virginia 24228 or call (276) 926-4958 or (276) 926-6957.

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Southwestern Virginia Trail System

The Mountain Area of the Southwestern Virginia Trail System has 340 trail access sites to the network of trails that make up the trail system. Dickenson County hosts 6 sites. Locations on Pine Loop, Compton Mountain, Horn Mountain, Poplar Gap Park and Breaks Interstate Park routes are favored bird watching areas.

Pine Mountain Trail

Hikers and horseback riders enjoy the sweeping vistas, abundant wildlife and bird watching opportunities as they journey the crest of the Cumberland Mountains. [2] The trailhead is accessed in Clintwood, Virginia. For trail conditions and a detailed map, call (276) 926-4605

Whitewater Rafting 

Russell Fork River

As it flows through Haysi, Virginia, the Russel Fork River, a tributary to the Big Sandy River, forms torturous twists, roaring rapids and deep pools. Whitewater enthusiasts from near and far travel to experience the challenge of world-class whitewater rafting. Dependent on the season, the twists and turns of the Russel Fork River are rated from III to V+.

Local Attractions

Dickenson County Arts Center

While exploring Dickenson County, be sure to stop in at the Dickerson County Arts Center and Gallery. Sponsored by the Pioneer Art League, the gallery showcases a large display of original artworks for sale by local artists. For hours and more information contact the Pioneer Art League, PO 715, Clintwood, Virginia 24228 or call (276) 926-5358.

Dickerson County Coal Miner’s Memorial

Coal production is a essential part of the economic base of the region. The Dickerson County Coal Miner’s Memorial honors the men and woman who have lost their lives in the coalmines of the county. Located next to the post office in Clinchco, Virginia, the memorial tribute lists over 300 names dating back to the early 1900s.

Coal YardCredit: Morgue File

Dennis Reedy Railroad and Coal Museum

Another interesting stop for those interested in the history of coal mining, the Dennis Reedy Railroad and Coal Museum in Clinchco is a worthwhile stop. Visitors are invited to step back in history as they view memorabilia, tools, equipment, artifacts and miscellaneous household goods from the early 1900s.

The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail

As the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail twists and turns through Dickenson County, it passes through the communities of Haysi, Clinchco, Nora, Trammel and Dante. The self-guided tour acquaints visitors with a reclaimed strip mine, a coal cooking plant and the coal-hauling railroad. Traveling through several Southwestern Virginia counties, the 325-mile route was designated an official Virginia Byway in 2007.

Dickerson County Courthouse

The stately red brick Dickerson County Courthouse is known for the large number of weddings conducted within its walls. For many years,  it was known as the “wedding capital” of the region. The charming southern-styled architecture of the regal structure is of interest to all.

Plan A Weekend Of Exploration and Family Fun

Clintwood, Virginia is a great destination for a romantic  roadtrip.