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.