Explore the Trails of Dickenson County!

During the Heartwood Ambassador Tour of Dickenson County in August, we also noted the regional trails that are a part of Dickenson County.   I have described a little about the regional trails and hope you will travel over our way soon to listen to some great mountain music, view some of our artisans’ work, and learn more about the coal mining and miners in our county.  For more information, please feel free to contact me at 276-926-6074 or email rsurratt@dcwin.org.   Rita Surratt, Dickenson County Tourism Director, P.O. Box 1990, Clintwood, VA  24228

The Rivers to Ridges Artisan Trail features fantastic work of our Artisans throughout Dickenson and Buchanan County.  For a preview of our artisans’ trail, you can request a brochure from the Dickenson County Visitor’s Center (chamberdickenson@yahoo.com) or go to Round the Mountain’s website (www.roundthemountain.org) and view all the trails in the region.

You can also download the brochures.  Several businesses in the county as well as the Ralph Stanley Museum offer a variety of artisans’ work for sale.  There are also events throughout the year that feature our artisans’ work such as the Crooked Road Quilters Guild will hold its 6th Annual Quilt Show at the Clintwood Community Center on September 21, 22 & 23, the Haysi Russell Fork Autumn Fest on October 5, 6 & 7th and “Homemaking in the Mountains” an annual craft event that will be held at the Breaks Park on October 20th.

The Crooked Road “Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail” is one of our leading trails for travelers throughout the Virginia counties featuring The Crooked Road.  Venues along the trail are seeing travelers from across the states as well as international travelers.  Bus tours are coming into the counties, just because of the Crooked Road Music Trail.

In Dickenson County, we are fortunate to have the Ralph Stanley Museum, featuring the life of one of the best known old time mountain music artists around.  There are many great musicians in our county and we always like to feature as many as we can when we set up for Dickenson County Day at Heartwood.  We are seeing many more young musicians performing the old timey mountain music.  With the education program that The Crooked Road has been offering in our schools, it is exciting to see the interest sparking among our younger generations.  Don’t forget Jammin at the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood every Tuesday night and Pickin on the Deck of the Rhododendron Restaurant at the Breaks Interstate Park every  third Tuesday of the month.

The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail, a tribute to coal and coal miners across the coalfield counties is very dear to the hearts of our citizens who have always depended on coal as their survival.  The 300 miles of scenic byway stretches through the seven coalfield counties and City of Norton.  Along the trail, travelers will experience the true heritage and culture of the unique coal mining towns which were formed more than a century ago.

In Dickenson County, our trail begins at the Breaks Interstate Park where you will be able to learn about coal at the Visitor’s Center in the Park.  You will also be able to view the mountain where one  of the oldest mines existed in Dickenson County many years ago- the Domas Mine located at the Breaks Park. The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail continues on to the Town of Haysi  where you will be able to view the opening of the old Splashdam Mine where  10 miners were killed in an explosion in1932. The trail goes through the Town of Clinchco where the Coal Miner’s Memorial listing the names of miners killed in Dickenson County is located.  Traveling on toward McClure, you will see the old Train Depot at Fremont, and in McClure, Old McClure  1 mine, which is not visible from the public highway, was the location of an explosion in 1983 which took the lives of seven including the first women miner killed in the state of Virginia.  In Trammel, you will notice the remains of houses on both sides of the road.  This was Haytertown, a small ten man coal operation run by Charlie Hayter in the 1920’s.  You will also see the old store building, superintendent’s house and boarding house on the right as you travel through Trammel.  You will enter Russell County portion of the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail at the top of Dante Mountain.  For more information on the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail, visit the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority website at www.heartofappalachia.com

Heartwood, SWVA Artisan Gateway is a facility we are proud to partner with and appreciate their help in displaying  and giving out information about our county, our artisans and our musicians  as we move forward  in marketing our county and Southwest Virginia.

Rita Surratt | Dickenson County Tourism Director

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