Region & Attractions

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Come Enjoy Our Rich Culture and Outdoor Amenities

Many factors contribute to Russell County’s distinctive quality of life. We remain a rural community with a lower cost of living, yet our healthcare is backed by strong tertiary hospitals, operated by two of the most successful healthcare systems in the South.

Our public education system is likely one of the most IT-focused in the nation, due to workforce requirements driven by Northrop Grumman and ICG – two leading technology companies in our county. Yet our people remain rooted by tradition, hard work and a dedication to family and home.

We’re fortunate to have a rich history and numerous educational institutions that continually shape our culture and feed our zest for life.

Our rugged and mountainous area is truly one of the most beautiful and biologically rich areas in the world. The Clinch Valley, which spans the length of Russell County, has been designated as “one of the last great places” by the Nature Conservancy, an environmental group dedicated to conserving the lands and waters of the world. The Clinch River and its tributaries support a great variety of mussels, fishes and other aquatic species found nowhere else on the planet. This unique ecosystem has led to three natural area preserves being designated in our county: the Pinnacle, The Channels and Cleveland Barrens.

Recreational opportunities also abound in our area. These include golf, hiking, biking, fishing, festivals, fairs and even a vineyard and winery, Vincent’s Vineyard, offering free tours and tastings.

We pay notable homage to the natural attributes of our county annually through two weekend-long celebrations: the Redbud Festival held in Honaker (known as the Redbud Capital of the World) and Clinch River Days held in St. Paul. These events draw thousands to Russell County in recognition of our people, music, food, arts and crafts and rare outdoor offerings.

National Acclaim

We’re also fortunate to be within close proximity to some of the most notable tourist destinations in the South.

Heartwood (Abingdon, Virginia)

An artisan center featuring crafts, music, food, and wine from the 19 county, four-city ‘Round the Mountain region of Southwest Virginia. Visit the website.

Barter Theatre (Abingdon)

One of the longest-running professional theaters in the country and the designated State Theater of Virginia. Visit the website.

“The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” (Big Stone Gap, Virginia)

Longest continually running outdoor drama in the Commonwealth of Virginia and official Outdoor Drama of Virginia. Visit the website.

Breaks Interstate Park (Breaks, Virginia)

One of the top ten state parks in the nation, known as the Grand Canyon of the South. Visit the website.

Appalachian Trail

Famed footpath managed by the National Park Service with access points in Southwest Virginia. Visit the website.

Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (Bristol, VA/TN)

Recounts how the 1927 Bristol Sessions led to the Big Bang of Country Music; a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. Visit the website.

The Crooked Road

A driving trail, featuring historic musical venues such as the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center and the Carter Fold. Visit the website.

Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee)

“The World’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval” and one of the five largest sports arenas in the country, seating 160,000 race fans. Visit the website.

Storytelling Capital of the World (Jonesborough, Tennessee)

Home to the International Storytelling Center and National Storytelling Festival. Visit the website.

Natural Tunnel State Park (Duffield, Virginia)

More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years; called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by William Jennings Bryan. Visit the website.

Virginia Creeper Trail (Abingdon, Virginia)

A 34-mile former rail bed for bikers and hikers that passes through the Mount Rogers National Recreation area and the highland country of Southwestern Virginia. Visit the website.