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A Day In… Smyth County, VA

Where else can you discover the five highest peaks in Virginia, alongside miles of the Appalachian Trail, and encounter the warmest hospitality in Southwest Virginia? Look no further than Smyth County, Virginia, where you can embrace the Five over 5000 hiking challenge and create cherished memories to last a lifetime!


Gear up for all your hiking needs at Marion Outdoors Gear and Resupply or Blue Ridge Outfitters before you hit the trails! Fuel up for your hikes each morning with a hot, country-style breakfast at the Farmhouse Marketor coffee and homemade doughnuts at Better Coffee Company.  


Immerse yourself in a day of conquering the Five over 5000 hiking challenge while basking in the splendor of Southwest Virginia’s seasonal beauty. Encounter a plethora of unique flora and fauna, along with a variety of birds and wildlife, providing hikers and naturalists alike with endless opportunities for observation.


After a day in nature, dine at Wooden Pickle Food and Spirits or catch a show at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Savor a burger at Coach’s Diner and indulge in ice cream from Market on West Main. Numerous locally owned restaurants await your exploration! Recharge at cozy Airbnbs like The Lucille or The Houston in Sugar Grove, or at Marion’s hiker hostel, Merry Inn.

Bucket List Item

Visit the H.L. Bonham Tourism Center, managed by the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce, for Five over 5000 swag items, free to Challenge completers! Get official stickers and completion pins while exploring scenic Smyth County.

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