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.

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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

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

Black Bear BBQ - Appalachia

516 W. Main Street | 276-565-6099

Charly's - Pennington Gap

41751 E. Morgan Avenue | 276-318-0652

El Centenario - Pennington Gap

205 River Bend Drive | 276-546-0044

Nana's Kitchen - Pennington Gap

722-700 Oakwood Avenue | 276-698-7321

Patio Drive-In - Pennington Gap

43498 Veterans Memorial Hwy. | 276-546-2709

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

Zona's Market - Keokee

13040 State Route 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

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