Welcome to Tazewell

County, Virginia

If it is true that mountains draw you in, then pack your bags for a long stay in Tazewell County!  The adventure tourism capital of the Appalachians, Tazewell County is home to the best ATV trails, Motorcycle Routes, hiking, biking and other adventures in the mid Atlantic region.  Aside from adventure tourism, the scenic vistas in this county are to be matched by none – it is a photographer’s paradise!  Nationally acclaimed artisans have decided to call this mountain paradise home and have created one the best artisan networks in the nation.

image001Start your journey through Tazewell County at the Visitors Center.  The Visitors’ Center is a historic cottage located at 200 Sanders Lane  in Bluefield, Virginia, where  listings of local events, festivals, and points of interest as well as information on attractions, lodging, restaurants, ATM machines, churches, repair shops,  etc. can be found.  Maps and brochures are available at the center to assist you as you chart your course through the area.

Historically, the diversity of Tazewell County was based on the many ethnic groups who came to the region to find work during the industrialization of the nation.  Now, the diversity is based on the variety of experiences you can enjoy.  If you’re looking for a relaxing stay, Tazewell County has it or if you’re looking for a heart pounding adventure, you’re in the right place!

The Clinch River, North America’s most biologically diverse river,  is head watered in Tazewell County and has been declared by the Nature Conservancy as one of only twenty “Last Great Places” in the world (1990).   The world’s largest collection of rare and endangered fresh water species live here.

Tazewell County has a unique variety of attractions ranging from hardcore adventure to relaxing entertainment.  The highly acclaimed Back of the Dragon is a premier, 32 mile, 260 curve motorcycle route that runs between Marion, Virginia and Tazewell, Virginia.  Thousands of bikers and sports car enthusiasts a year return to the Back of the Dragon to become Dragon Masters.

The Original Pocahontas ATV Trail is the newest OHV trail in the Spearhead System and boasts 32 miles of exciting trail to ride.  Located next door to the famous Hatfield McCoy trails in neighboring West Virginia, the Original Pocahontas is becoming a mecca for ATV enthusiasts.

We are very fortunate to headwater two significant rivers here; the Clinch and the Bluestone.  The Clinch is the beginning of the Upper Tennessee River Basin and the Bluestone flows into the New River.  Both have many attributes to offer the outdoor enthusiast, including unique and rare species of wildlife and plants.  Fishing is a big sport on the Clinch River and anglers travel the nation over to come here for the experience.  Both are navigable from certain points for kayaks.

There is an abundance of bicycle routes and hiking trails that cannot be matched. The Heart of Appalachia Bike Route starts in Burkes Garden and runs 125 miles to Wise County, Virginia.  Through farms, scenic wonders and coal country – the rider really gets the feeling of mountain life on this ride!

If hiking is your thing, there are trails literally everywhere!  From the Bluefield City Park’s miles of Trail to the Cavitt’s Creek Trails, Lincolnshire Lake, Cedar Bluff Overlook Trails and the River Walk in Richlands.  Perhaps the most popular is hiking to The Peak in Tazewell – be forewarned it is on private property and you must obtain permission to hike it.

If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, we have the best of that world, too!  The Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park, the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine, Scenic Drives (maps are available in our Visitor’s Center upon your arrival), Artisan Boutiques, Unique Shopping Experiences, World Class Restaurants and Public Art will keep you relaxingly entertained for as long as you can possibly stay!