Buchanan County, VA


The Virginia Folklife Festival – Poplar Gap Park
This festival is a celebration of life in the coalfields of Southwest VA. There will be storytelling, quilt displays, basket making, dulcimer construction, arts & crafts, music, birding, owling, agriculture and mining-related displays, wood carving, herbs, flower walks, local farm products, foods and much more.

Appalachian School of Law –Grundy, VA
A private, non-profit school offering a three-year graduate program and conferring the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy –Grundy, VA
Virginia’s only year-round, three-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Mountain Mission School—Grundy, VA
An internationally known Christian school founded in 1921 for mountain orphans. The school now boosts an international and culturally diverse student body and a celebrated school choir that has performed throughout the US and abroad.

Grundy Bike/Walking Trail—Grundy, VA
A three-mile long mountainside trail beginning near Buchanan General Hospital on Slate Creek Road and continuing through the area’s unparalleled scenery.

Coal Heritage Trail—This is a driving trail which begins near Richlands in Tazewell County and meanders throughout Buchanan County as it highlights both working and abandoned mine sites. Expect to encounter glorious mountains, charming towns and the deep-rooted traditions of a land where hard-working miners labored to produce the coal that created modern America.

Mountaintop Golf Course—Anyone with a passion for golf will find this a unique experience. Located on 30 acres of previously strip-mined land, this public nine-hole golf on top of Compton Mountain features artificial greens. It is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Red Jacket Mine Explosion Site—Garden Creek. This is the site of the nation’s worst mine disaster of 1938, when a dust explosion caught the night shift coming in and forty-five men died. This poignant location, still held in memory by descendants of the miners, is reached by a driving trail filled with the natural wonder, as if in tribute. When you see the astonishing variety of flora and fauna, you’ll know why you brought your camera.

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