BLACK SNAKE

Cumberland to Appalachia crosses Black Mountain at the highest point in Kentucky and is aptly named the Coalfield Black Snake run. Black Snakes are in abundance in this coal region and you're likely to catch a glimpse or so of snakes, sunbathing on the road during the summer months.

 

Looking to the top of the mountain toward Virginia, you'll see a huge strip-mine. Once a mainstream way of life in the Appalachians, they're slowly disappearing. Into Kentucky, you will come down into the Lynch/Benham area which has a exhibition mine and the Kentucky Mine Museum. Both of these are great spots to stop and enjoy. In its hayday, Lynch had a population of over 10,000 and was the largest company owned coal camp in North America.

black snake-01.png
Appalachian Backroads Black Snake Icon

Approximately 129 miles

1. Start in Pennington Gap, VA

2. Take Rt. 421 N into KY

3. R on 38 in Harlan

4. R on 624 – Moonshiner’s Run

5. L on 606 at Keokee

6. Take 606/68 toward Appalachia

7. L on 23

8. L on 160 – Black Snake

9. Cross into KY on Route 160

10. L on 119 in Cumberland, KY

11. L on 421 at Baxter, KY

12. L on 421 to Pennington Gap, VA

LODGING

Leeman Field RV Park & Campground - Pennington Gap

335 Fairground Road | 276-298-5177

Mother's Place - Pennington Gap

1054 Big Hill Road | 276-220-4169

Wilderness Road Campground - Ewing

854 National Park Road | 606-248-2817


Wolfe-Gilbert House - Dryden

276-220-4169

DINING

Appalachian Mercantile - Appalachia

313 W. Main Street | 276-282-4336

Black Bear BBQ - Appalachia

516 W. Main Street | 276-565-6099

El Centenario - Pennington Gap

205 River Bend Drive | 276-546-0044

Hong Kong - Pennington Gap

930 East Morgan Avenue | 276-546-6988

Huddle House - Pennington Gap

1526 West Morgan Avenue | 276-546-5088

Patio Drive-In - Pennington Gap

43498 Veterans Memorial Hwy. | 276-546-2709

Rooster's Pub - Pennington Gap
131 Harrell Street | 276-546-4190

ATTRACTIONS

3. Lee Theatre
41676 W. Morgan Ave., Pennington Gap
276-546-4000

5. Southwest Virginia Museum State Park
10 W 1st St. N., Big Stone Gap
276-523-1322

6. Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama 

518 Clinton Ave. E., Big Stone Gap
276-523-1235

VacationLee-ad.png
StateParks-ad.png