25 YRS EXPERIENCE

Created by VA General Assembly in 1993, we've been helping visitors and tourism-related businesses for nearly 25 years!

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- Lodging, Dining, Shopping Info

- Outdoor Adventure Assistance

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- Travel Planning Assistance

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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.

SKULL CRACKER

You'll have a laugh-out-loud good time riding this scenic bypass! Pass historical buildings, a stunning waterfall, and charming small towns. Take a side trip to the Creation Kingdom Zoo, or spend another day floating down the Clinch River, dancing at Carter Family Fold, or kick back in front of a cozy fire at your cabin getaway!

Approximately 50 miles

1. Start in Gate City

2. Take 71 to Nickelsville

3. L on Twin Springs 680

4. L on 671

5. R on 659

6. L on 65 toward Dungannon

7. Travel approximately 10 miles

8. L on Manville Rd Rt 645

9. R on 665

10. Follow back to Gate City

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

Appalachian Backroads Gate City Highlights
LODGING

Natural Tunnel State Park - Duffield

1420 Natural Tunnel Pkwy   276-940-2674

Appalahian Mountain Cabins - Duffield

530 Fincastle Rd   276-940-1155

Estillville Bed and Breakfast - Gate City

128 Park St   276-690-2091

Boone's Pointe Cabins - Gate City

Rt 224    276-494-1077

Sugar Maple Inn - Nickelsville

112 Dougherty St   276-479-0371

DINING

Front Porch Deli - Fort Blackmore

13832 Clinch River Hwy   276-995-1200

Hob Nob Drive-In - Gate City

2256 Daniel Boone Rd   276-452-4538

Teddy's Restaurant - Nickelsville

11804 Nickelsville Hwy   276-479-3128

Family Bakery - Gate City

101 E Jackson St   276-690-2253

Smoke-n-Pig's Stillhouse - Gate City

132 W Jackson St   276-639-9759

Campus Drive-In - Gate City

184 Kane St   276-386-3702

Molcajetes Meixcan Grill - Gate City

201 W Jackson St   276-386-2833

ATTRACTIONS

10. Creation Kingdom Zoo

1642 Snowflake Rd, Gate City, VA

11. Carter Family Fold

3449 A P Carter Hwy, Hiltons, VA

12. Bush Mill

Junction of 680 & 681 N of Nickelsville, VA