Entries by Pam Cox

Fall Wanderings

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan your fall outing and leaf tour through Scott County, Virginia and Southwest Virginia. Labor Day weekend brings the opening of the Punkin’ Patch, 984 Cowan Creek Rd., Nickelsville.  For 30 years, Walter Manis and his family have been hosting special fall events at their Punkin’ […]

Hidden Gems

Even though Scott County is not home to a huge shopping mall or district, you will find some truly unique local shopping gems. Located in downtown Gate City, you’ll find Southern Collective, from handcrafted, “Clinch Mountain Crystals,” to one-of-a-kind handmade, quilted blankets, Southern Collective is Southwest Virginia’s premier merchant marketplace.  The store features a unique blend […]

Scott County Scenic Selfie WanderLove Tour

This 100-mile tour takes you through some of Scott County’s most scenic countryside and provides a glimpse of our treasured spots.   Feel free to stop at any location and snap a photo.  There are 14 marked “Selfie” locations, and once completed, please post your photos to Instagram using the hashtags #scottcountyva, #loveva and #scottcountyselfietour.  The […]

Daniel Boone Wilderness Road Day Trip

One of the nation’s most historic routes, the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775 from the Long Island of the Holston at what is now Kingsport TN, through the Cumberland Gap of Virginia into Kentucky.  It would become the route for thousands of settlers to the western frontier. Long […]

The Swinging Bridges of Scott County

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.  Once used as a primary mode for foot transportation, today the bridges serve as a reminder of life removed from […]

Water Warrior Adventures

Whether you are an angler or a paddler, Scott County, Virginia has the waters to suit your sport. Both the Clinch https://dwr.virginia.gov/waterbody/clinch-river/and Holston https://virginia.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,1,fid,1487063,n,north%20fork%20holston%20river.cfm Rivers are full of smallmouth, spotted, rock and largemouth bass, sauger, sunfish, musky, crappie, and freshwater drum.  The Clinch River is one of the most bio-diverse rivers in the world, falling second […]

Hiker’s Treks

From cool, sparkling mountain creek trails to high-country scenic vistas, Scott County, Virginia and its surrounding counties offer the perfect hike to suit any adventurer’s desire or ability.  All of the hikes listed below, with the exception of the Chief Benge Scout Trail, can be completed in a day and provide a variety of hiking […]

Family Fun Excursion

With an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, small town experiences, and our own zoo, Scott County, Virginia is a great location for a safe, family vacation or day-trip far from the crowd. For those looking for an extended adventure, the cabins at Natural Tunnel State Park or Appalachian Mountain Cabins make a great home base […]

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

As stated, the Devil’s Bathtub is a dynamic water force, prone to flash flooding during heavy rainfalls.  Sunday, May 24, 2020, the Devil’s Bathtub area experienced a significant amount of rainfall that resulted in a flash flood, stranding 20 hikers along the two-mile trail.  One of the stranded hikers, Jan Powers, recently shared photos of […]