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Big Stone Gap

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


The quaint Town of Big Stone Gap offers a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage of early life in western Virginia. It is home to the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” the official state outdoor drama, and the Harry Meador Coal Museum. All of the sites within this loop are in close proximity. Visitors are also encouraged to take the Walking Tour of Big Stone Gap, which includes some of the sites on this loop, as well as additional museums and historic sites. A short walk around Fraley Park or a tour of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is sure to be pleasant and fruitful. For those with more nature-exploring time on their hands, Roaring Branch is known among local birders as a secret birding treasure. With its spectacular rhododendron thickets, cascading waters, and moss-covered rocks, expect to experience a treasure at this site. Visit Lake Keokee to view dragonflies in summer or waterfowl during winter months.

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Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Lee County Area Chamber of Commerce

Wise County Chamber of Commerce