COME FOR THE TRAILS, STICK AROUND FOR EVERYTHING ELSE
The Spearhead Trails have some of the most exhilarating offroading experiences on the planet. While it’s the 400 miles of offroading adventure that calls thrill-seekers to Southwest Virginia, some attractions near the five trail heads are out of this world.
SUGAR HILL BREWING COMPANY
Located in the downtown historic district of St. Paul, Sugar Hill Brewing Company (pictured above) is an independent, family-owned and operated 80-seat restaurant-brewery. The “brewpub” offers a relaxed family-friendly environment in the Heart of Appalachia to enjoy house crafted beer.
BREAKS INTERSTATE PARK
Located on the Virginia/Kentucky border, Breaks is one of only two Interstate Parks in the nation. The park encompasses 4,500 acres of greenwood lands and mountain scenery, including the “Grand Canyon of the South.”
CRAB ORCHARD MUSEUM AND FISHER & COMPANY RESTAURANT
With exhibits on the 500-year-old Native American Village discovered onsite, the Crab Orchard Museum preserves the cultural heritage of the Appalachian Region. Visitors can also explore Pioneer Park to see what life was once like in the “wild, wild west.” For a great bite to eat, walk across the street to Fisher & Company, a family operated barbecue spot located in an authentic 1907 general store building.
RALPH STANLEY MUSEUM
Featuring the life and music of the legendary music performer, Ralph Stanley, who was recognized as a pioneer in traditional Appalachian old-time music. See the extensive collection of memorabilia including vintage instruments and countless musical awards.
CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL PARK
Located along the Virginia/Kentucky border, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park consists of approximately 20,000 acres and 70 miles of hiking trails. There are numerous scenic and historic features in the park and ranger led programs are offered throughout the year, including tours of Gap Cave and the historic Hensley Settlement.
Book an Elk Tour through Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure or Breaks Park for the opportunity to see these majestic creatures. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to see the elk; bring binoculars to catch a glimpse in their natural habitat.
Along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer a unique experience in a picturesque setting. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s famed Monticello, the only American presidential home on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and escape into history, and the many passions of its architect and founding father – liberty, learning, horticulture, food and wine. Nearby you’ll discover award-winning wine country in the rolling hills of Albemarle County. Make a full day of it with a walk down Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall, a shopping and dining destination as unique as the town itself.
Whether you’re enjoying arts, entertainment, dining, or outdoor activities, you and your family will have a historic life experience here in Virginia. Today only happens once, and Virginia is the place to make the most of it. It’s your turn to make history.
We hope you will return again and again to enjoy the beauty of the Commonwealth, and discover for yourself why Virginia is for Lovers.