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HEART of APPALACHIA VISITOR CENTER

3028 4th Avenue Market Square

PO Box 186, Saint Paul, VA 24283

© 2013-2019 Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Our back roads are just that, rural working roads, traveled by residents, farmers, coal transport and a variety of visitors. Use caution while traveling and check road conditions before  riding unfamiliar routes.  Enjoy your ride!
511Virginia.org offers road condition info.

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.

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

To download a tank map for this route click the button below and unzip the zip file.

LODGING

Mother's Place - Pennington Gap

1054 Big Hill Road   276-220-4169


Wolfe-Gilbert House - Dryden

276-220-4169

Convenient Inn - Pennington Gap

131 Industrial Drive   276-546-5350

Wilderness Road Campground - Ewing

8051 Wilderness Road   276-445-3065

DINING

Rooster's Pub - Pennington Gap

41780 E Morgan Ave.   276-546-4190
 

Countryboy Cafe - Pennington Gap

41751 E Morgan Ave.   276-546-1645
 

Ruby's Steakhouse - Pennington Gap

131 Industrial Dr.   276-546-6900
 

El Centenario - Pennington Gap

205 River Bend Dr.   276-546-0044
 

Zona's Market - Keokee

13040 Rt. 606   276-565-1100

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

Appalachian Backroads in Pennington Gap, Virginia
Appalachian Backroads in Wise County, Virginia
Appalachian Backroads in Wise County, Virginia