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Clinchport is located along Rte 23/Rte 58 beside the beautiful Clinch River. The river is a perfect spot for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or swimming. And don't forget to explore the several scenic swinging bridges spanning the water!
In addition, Clinchport hosts a stop along the Daniel Boone Birding Trail. Stop by the Rye Cove Intermediate School to see red-eyed vireos, eastern towhees, cedar waxwings, American kestrels, and wild turkey.
Clinchport is only five miles from Natural Tunnel State Park and several geochaches exist in the Clinchport area.
Originally incorporated in 1894, Clinchport grew as a port for loggers who dodged river rocks while rolling timber downstream. It also became a thriving railroad and agriculture center at the Clinch River's confluence with Stock Creek in Central Scott County. The town is named for the river. But several theories exist on how the Clinch River and Clinch Mountain took their names. One story says "Clinch" comes from a large, athletic hunter named Clinch (Clinche), who was thrown from his horse into the river while retreating from Indians circa 1749; Clinch managed to drown one of his Indian attackers, even after his fall. Yet another story says the name is for an Irishman who fell off a raft and cried "Clinch Me, Clinch me!"
Clinchport's first incorporation was repealed in 1915, but the town was rechartered in 1940. For years, a wooden boardwalk connected general stores, a bank, and a barberhsop, all along Rte 65, the main drag through town. But all of that was wiped out when the river surged out of its banks on April 4, 1977. About 80 homes were flooded. Some washed downriver through the submerged suburbs. Later, when flood waters receded, business dried up in the town limits.
Whether you're looking for trophy smallmouth bass, tasty trout, or a leisurely lakeside fishing trip, Scott County has the spot for you.
Visit a double railroad trestle crossing Copper Creek and the Clinch River along route 23.
The Fincastle Turnpike was one of the routes settlers used to reach the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail as they traveled west across the mountains. Today, a driving tour follows this route to many of Scott County's most historic spots.
Within a few miles of the interstate, you can visit Ruffed Grouse breeding grounds, seek out wintering shorebirds and neotropical summer visitors, and catch soaring raptors during hawk migration.
The Clinch River offers opportunities for hour long through full day paddling trips along what The Nature Conservancy calls the number one river worth protecting in the United States.
The Anderson Blockhouse was built in the late 1700s to protect European settlers from Indian attacks. A replica can be seen at Natural Tunnel State Park.
Natural Tunnel State Park offers a variety of short trails close to the interstate along with picnic areas, visitor's center, campground, playground, swimming pool, chair lift, canoe trips, and much more.
Scott County is home to a variety of great events for the whole family. Here are some events that are happening in the near future. Read More
Points Of Interest
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- From Clinchport, take a gentle, 2 mile float to Speer's Ferry along the world-reknowned Clinch Ri...
- Train and communications memorabilia
- This section of the Clinch River is another lazy float through primarily flat water. Sunfish, cat...
- Walking trails, tennis courts, picnic shelters, meeting room available for rental, tennis clinics...
- This access ramp provides a full day float down one of the Clinch River's most scenic and gentle ...
- This is the furthest downstream access point on the world-reknowned Clinch River in Virginia.
Browse from the list below. Scott County proudly supports all of our local and surrounding businesses.
- We offer 12 to 15 varities of pepper plants, 15 to 20 varieties of tomato plants, Cole Crop plant...
- Groceries, Drinks, and sundries
- Bedding plants, both flower and vegetable, hanging baskets flowering and ferns.
- Old Timey Hamburgers and sandwicks, soft drinks and fries, sundaes, shakes and sodas.
- 24 hour Volunteer Ambulance Service & Rescue Squad