Dickenson County, VA
Birch Knob Observation Tower
Sitting on a rock outcrop on the highest summit of Pine Mountain, your view takes in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and on a clear day, Ohio. Located 6.2 miles north of Clintwood, VA in the Jefferson National Forest. The area is open from April 1-January 7 from 6 am to 10 pm.
Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center – Clintwood, VA
Remember the rousing rendition of “O Death” from “O Brother Where Art Thou?” It’s magnetic appeal brought Dr. Ralph Stanley to the attention of a wider world, while those of us who loved him all along could easily understand why. Whether you are a new or old fan of his music, this museum, showcasing highlights of his extraordinary career with that of the history of traditional mountain music, will surely delight. This state-of-the-art interactive museum allows visitors to see and hear this beloved style of American music in its original setting: southwestern Virginia.
Dickenson County Coal Miners Memorial—Clinchco, VA
A tribute to the men and women killed in the Dickenson County coal mining industry, listing 309 names and deaths, dating back to the early 1900s. To get a fuller appreciation for the extraordinary lives noted there, be sure and read some of the biographies on the Memorial’s website.
Jettie Baker Center – Clintwood, VA
Shows scheduled throughout the year include dramatic and musical events. Seating is available for 350 in the large theatre and balcony area, and thanks to good design and a state-of-the-art sound system there is not a bad seat in the house. The “Music Along the Crooked Road” concert series will be held on the first Saturday evening of every month. Tickets may be purchased at the Ralph Stanley Museum, as well as here at the Center. Join us each month for the best in bluegrass, old-time and gospel music.
Russell Fork Autumn Fest—Haysi, VA
Held during the first weekend each October, the festival offers the best in bluegrass and mountain music along with old time flat footing and cake walks. Visitors can enjoy great food, as well as mountain craft displays.