Devil's Bathtub

A naturally smooth swimming hole which is enjoyed by nearby residents on hot summer days.

Get Hiking!

Scott County’s trails offer the hiker an endless range of options from multi-day backpacking trips down the Chief Benge Scout Trail to half hour jaunts from car to vistas on the Bear Rock Trail.


With its rolling hills and expansive valleys, a drive through Scott County brings forth visions of simpler times.  Adding to that vision are the numerous swinging bridges that span rivers and creeks throughout the county. 


No visit to Scott County is complete without deep exploration of our musical background.

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Things to Do in Scott County

Little Stony Falls–Hanging Rock Trailhead

Highlights:  24 foot high waterfall, scenic views of deep gorges, lush cove hardwood forest. Length:  six miles round trip, three miles to the falls. Difficulty:  Moderate Directions to Trailhead:  Take Route 72 north out of Dungannon toward...

High Knob Recreation

Intro Your first thought about the High Knob Recreation Area may be, why aren’t more people here? The highest campground in Southwest Virginia is an excellent place to find cooler temperatures in the summer. But its small size (only 14 campsites are available) and...

Creation Kingdom Zoo

Unique interactive personal encounters with some of the worlds rarest animals Creation Kingdom Zoo is situated on 12 acres of sloping land in Snowflake, Va., just a few miles outside of Gate City. In addition to Bella, the white Bengal tiger, visitors to the zoo can...

Carter Family Fold

The Carter Family Fold and Museum offers families a retreat to bluegrass music. The "Fold," as it is affectionately called, is operated to honor the famous Carter Family --- A.P., Sara, and Maybelle --- pioneers in country music. Today, Saturday concerts highlight the...

Mann Farms

11005 Veteran's Memorial ParkwayFt. Blackmore, Virginia 24250 Open: May thru OctoberDaily: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.276-995-1000A certified Virginia Century Farm Local produce farm selling strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, corn, and a variety of produce....

Bear Rock Trail

Bear Rock Trail — This short but stunning hike gives you sweeping views across Little Stony Creek Gorge.  Highlights: stunning views, hawks and other raptors Length: 0.5 miles (round trip) Difficulty: easy to moderate Trailhead: To reach the Bear Rock...

Chief Benge Scout Trail

Chief Benge Scout Trail (CBST) is a good overnight backpacking opportunity or hike a section. Things to see and enjoy vary from High Knob overlook, cold mountain lakes, following streams in deep gorges, and Little Stony plunge waterfall. How to get there There are...

Daniel Boone Birding Trail

This trail winds up the opposite side of Powell Mountain from the Kane Gap Trail and then joins the latter trail at Kane Gap.  The Daniel Boone Trail begins on an old gravel road, but then narrows down into a hiking trail that continues for several miles through...

Devil’s Fork Trail Loop

Highlights: rhododendron-lined creek, fossils, natural swimming hole, overnight possibilities Length: 7.2 miles round trip (optional 1.8 additional miles (or more) up one way) Difficulty: difficult Trailhead: From Ft. Blackmore, head north on Rte 619, turning left at...

Guest River Gorge

The Guest River Gorge Trail meanders along 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs that plunge 400 feet to the pristine waters below. The deep gorge was created as the Guest River, now designated as a state scenic river, tunneled through Stone Mountain on its way toward...

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Scott County Fall Tour

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With the official arrival of fall, it’s time to plan your Scott County and Southwest Virginia leaf tour. Fall at Bark Camp Lake This season welcomes a new pumpkin patch, Pungo Farms, as our long-time Punkin’ Man, Walter Manis retired after 30 years of running...

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Virginia Historic Landmark now Available for Rental

Virginia Historic Landmark now Available for Rental

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fulkerson-Hilton Home in the Hiltons community of Scott County, Virginia, is now available for rental through Airbnb. Nearby residents to the historic home, Jeff and Rebecca Arrington, purchased the home and its...

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Scott County Tourism
190 Beech St., Suite 201
Gate City, VA. 24251
423-863-1667 (after hours)

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