WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience natural wonders, scenic overlooks, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip through Scott County, Va.
Located in the southwestern tip of Virginia, nature enthusiasts, music lovers, and history buffs alike will fall in love with all the rich opportunities the area provides. Discover the best spots to play, eat, and stay in this guide to Scott County.
Go Outside and Play
From the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the Clinch River, immerse yourself in nature on your getaway to Scott County.
Beginning at the High Knob Lookout Tower and ending at the Hanging Rock Recreation Area, the Chief Benge Scout Trail will take you 19 miles through national forest with views of five states and two high-elevation lakes. Hike Devil’s Fork Trail Loop, seven miles round trip, to the famed Devil’s Bathtub. This technical trail has just about everything, including impressive rock formations, waterfalls, mountain views, swimming holes, and stream crossings.
Natural Tunnel State Park features seven trails that lead to various features in the park. Explore everything from the tunnel floor to the gorge ridge at this geological wonder. The whole family can learn something new about rare and endangered species at the Creation Kingdom Zoo. Or take a train ride excursion powered by a small-scale engine at Powers Mill.
See the sights from your car as you drive Scott County. Follow in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as you head out on the Daniel Boone Wilderness Road as you experience the best of the backroads. Lean into the twists and turns of Twin Springs Road, part of the Skull Cracker Motorcycle Route, as you look down on the Clinch River and valley below.
Paddlers and anglers of all types and abilities will find a waterway to fit their needs. The Clinch River is one of the most biodiverse rivers in the world with several access points along the way. Both the Clinch and Holston rivers are full of smallmouth, spotted, rock, and largemouth bass, as well as other species. Access Big Cherry Reservoir with four wheel drive for some high elevation adventure.
Several outfitters and shops in the area can provide all you need for an outdoor adventure. Go for a relaxing float downstream with Clinch River Life. Pick up your basic gear necessities from the Mountain View Market. SomeThing Squatchy Adventures offers a little bit of everything, including tube rentals, guided raft trips, shuttles, and a campground on the Clinch River.
Explore the county by visiting the 11 swinging bridges that cross rivers and creeks in the area. Cross the bridges on foot or enjoy the scenic waterways like Cooper Creek, Big Moccasin Creek, Holston River, and the North Fork of the Clinch River from the bank.
Start your morning off with daily baked sweets, coffees, and smoothies from The Family Bakery. The Front Porch Store & Deli sells just about anything you need, including homemade meals like the always popular Whitefish Platter. Teddy’s Restaurant is a local favorite with old-time community charm and delicious milkshakes. Stop at La Caretta for authentic Mexican cuisine and daily drink specials.
Known for their soft serve ice cream, Hob Nob Drive-In is your go to for a social distancing meal. You’ll find hamburgers, hot dogs, and potatoes done just about every type of way from ChuBeez. Find the best of hometown cooking at the Campus Drive-In.
Celebrate all things Scott County with the LOVEwork located at the entrance to Gate City. The design incorporates elements of the local heritage, including a cowboy boot, inner tube, bow and arrow, violin, and fly fishing rod. Or take a photo with the 50 Years of Love mural across from the county courthouse
Relax and Unwind
After a long day out on the road, kick back and take it easy at one of the many lodging opportunities in the area. Sit on the deck at the newly renovated Happy Trails Cottage and watch the sun come up over the farm. The Sugar Maple Inn seamlessly combines history and modern amenities with a large sitting room, uniquely decorated rooms, and a two story wrap around porch. Whether it’s just you or the whole family, enjoy a spacious getaway in one of the Appalachian Mountain Cabins featuring fire pits and open spaces.
With views of Clinch Mountain, Roberts Mills Suites offers a relaxing loft just minutes from outdoor adventure. Conveniently located near the cities of Kingsport and Bristol, the Estillville Bed & Breakfast’s central location makes a great base camp while you’re exploring southwest Virginia. Stay in authentic 19th century log cabins with modern comforts at the Boone’s Pointe Cabins along the historic Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail. Immerse yourself in nature and sleep by the water at Camp Clinch.
Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit Scott County, Va.
Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside.