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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Lonesome Pine Loop

Description

The Pound River decorates this region made famous by John Fox, Jr., in his 1908 novel "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" that mentions several of the places in this area of Virginia. Many of the sites on this loop are situated directly on the Pound River or along one of the waterways that join the Pound River. The majority of sites are located within the valleys or surrounding mountains, with some sites, such as Cranes Nest River Trail, offering views from berms overlooking the river. In addition to being destinations themselves, these venues are excellent for visitors in transit to West Virginia or Kentucky. Breaks Interstate Park, for example, is nestled in the Cumberland Mountain Overthrust Block, along the Kentucky/Virginia state border. Climb to the peak of Birch Knob, and on a clear day, be rewarded with views of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina! The Pound River and other waterways, as well as surrounding mountains offer a great diversity of habitat for a variety of endemic wildlife.

Loop Map

Services

Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce
276.935.4147
bcchamber@bvu.net

Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce
276.926.6074
chamber@dcwin.org

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority
276-762-0011
info@heartofappalachia.com

Wise County Chamber of Commerce
276.679.0961
wisecountycoc@verizon.net

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

Virginia Accomodations Virginia Green