Welcome to Tazewell County, Virginia
Tazewell County Tourism
It has been said that mountains have a way of drawing you into a slower pace and heightens your senses. Nestled in the majestic Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, Tazewell County is home to spectacular mountain views, diverse history and exciting outdoor recreational opportunities.
Start your journey through Tazewell County at the Visitors Center. The Visitors’ Center is an 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 slower pace, Tazewell County has it or if you’re looking for an exhilarating, heart-throbbing experience, you’re in the right place.
Touted as Four Seasons Country, Tazewell County has exquisite foliage and is a natural habitat for an abundance of birds, wildlife and rare fresh water species. The forest resonates with nature’s musical ensemble of songbirds while white-tail deer, wild turkey, and ruffed grouse occasionally make an appearance. Six of eight designated points on the Mountain Heritage Loop of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail are located in Tazewell County and include Sandy Head Ostrich, Burke’s Garden, Lincolnshire Park/Lake, Cavitt’s Creek/Lake Jack Witten, Historic Crab Orchard Museum, and The Cove.
The Clinch River basin which is located at the headwaters of Tazewell County 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 is located here.
Each year thousands of visitors experience the unparalleled beauty of Burke’s Garden, a National Historic Rural District which is the highest valley in Virginia at an elevation of 3,086 feet. Sometimes referred to as God’s Thumbprint, Burke’s Garden is home to the “Varmint Run”, one of Virginia's smaller half marathon events where athletes can test their mettle around the loop course through the valley between two mountains. Numerous visitors also tour “the Garden” as a side trip from the Appalachian Trail, or the Heart of Appalachia Bike Route.
The Town of Pocahontas is the gateway of the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail and has numerous historical sites including the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine , a Registered National Historic Landmark, and the Pocahontas Cemetery designated a Virginia Historic Site. The Coal Heritage Museum in Pocahontas recounts the story of how “King Coal” fueled America’s industrial revolution.
Historic Crab Orchard Museum gives a comprehensive overview of Southwest Virginia history in its galleries and living history events. The museum hosts annual events such as the Skirmish at Jeffersonville Civil War Reenactment and the Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention
In addition to quality museums depicting the heritage of Tazewell County, tourists will find landmarks such as the Coal Miners’ Memorial of the Commonwealth located in Richlands, murals, unusual brick sculptures, an abundance of historic homes, churches, and business facilities gracing the landscape throughout the towns and county. Visitors are invited to drive along the newly created trails such as the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail which depicts the history of industrialization in the region. Drive the Clinch River Artisan Trail to discover the numerous artisans and, unique restaurants throughout the counties of Tazewell and Russell. You’ll also want to hear the traditional mountain music along The Crooked Road trail.
Reeve up the pace if you’re really feeling adventurous, and check out the Back of the Dragon on Route 16 in your sports car or on your motorcycle where you will discover 32 miles of knee-draggin’ excitement on 15 mile per hour curves. In addition, Pocahontas ATV Trails are being developed for the off-road vehicle enthusiast. So keep checking our website at www.visittazewellcounty.org or call 1.800.588.9401 for updates .