Go Outside and Play Guide: St Paul, VA

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St. Paul, Virginia–a tiny town offering big adventures.  Head on over to the banks of the Clinch River where fishing, floating, and kayaking become your new way of life. You’re bound to be hooked.  Or start a thrill-seeking adventure on Spearhead Trails’ Mountain View ATV Trail System.When was the last time you played in the mud and loved it?



Grab coffee and a muffin at St. Paul’s Fourth Ave Baked Goods before heading over to the Clinch River. Didn’t bring fishing gear? No problem. Clinch Life Outfitters can fit you with all you need to bring home dinner. They’ll hook you up.  Not into fishing? Maybe you prefer to start your day with an early morning bike ride, run, or hike along the Clinch River. Bike rentals are available. Starting at Blue Bell Island, loop around Oxbow Lake and adventure off onto the Sugar Hill Loop Trail. You can explore approximately 13 miles and never leave town!


Refuel after a morning of adventures and take a break before your next one. Head over to any of the small-town restaurants, such as Giovanni’s pizza, a local favorite for over 40 years, or St. Paul’s award winning brewery, Sugar Hill Brewing Company, for lunch or late afternoon snack.


Get checked in at the award-winning boutique hotel, The Western Front, located downtown in the center of it all. Plan on a special dinner at Ina + Forbes, St. Paul’s newest restaurant. Located inside the hotel, enjoy a great meal prepared by Hell’s Kitchen Celebrity Chef, Chef T, and her staff. If the hotel is booked, no worries. There are other places for you to stay. Book an ATV Excursion as part of your lodging choice with St. Paul Suites and Cottages. At Mountain View Lodge, you can schedule an exciting trip around the area to see what else Southwest Virginia has to offer. No matter where you stay, everything in town is just a few footsteps away.



Grab your coffee and breakfast and get ready for some thrills. Whiz over the mountains on your ATV to the wide open spaces for some spectacular mountain views. Want to visit the nearby, trail-connected town of Coeburn, Virginia? You can— on your ATV. If you don’t have an ATV, don’t worry about that either, the Western Front Hotel has Polaris Rzrs, 4 seaters and 2 seaters ATVs, for rent.  


Before hitting the trails, don’t miss the opportunity to rough it with a packed lunch from Fat Boys BBQ, known for their Heart Attack Baked Potatoes, to enjoy a picnic at any one of the mountain overlooks or waterfalls along the trails. Whether you are visiting a restaurant, the trails, the hotel, or the grocery store, stay on your ATV. The town of St. Paul is ATV friendly! 


Check the schedule in BackYard at the Western Front Hotel for live music, s’mores, and outdoor games such as cornhole and yard Jenga. You just might need a little trivia to help ponder the meaning of life. Grab a friend or two and head out back to wind down from your day of thrill seeking and high adventures. Relax around the fire pit while you take in the sounds of music, laughter, and a good time.

And if at the end of the day, you find yourself just wanting more…  Plan another trip to St. Paul. Maybe the Coal Heritage Museum or the Wetlands of Estonia will be on your to do list.


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