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

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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.

The Woodbooger is called Big Foot in other parts of the nation. It lives in the highlands near Norton and is memorialized by the Woodbooger statue at Flag Rock, which provides panoramic views and hiking trails. After your photo op, tackle the curvy climb to High Knob.

THE WOODBOOGER

Appalachian Backroads Big Stone Gap Highlights
Appalachian Backroads Pennington Gap Highlights

Approximately 154 miles

1. From 114 Harley Drive turn right onto South Mayo Trail
2. Turn right onto 23/119 South
3. Bare right on 119 South to Whitesburg
4. At second red light the intersection of 119 and 15 go straight and stay on 15
5. Go two more red lights and turn left staying on 15 for ¼ mile and turn left onto 931
6. Take 931 and stay straight onto 588 
7. Stay on 588 until it turns into 160 and stay on 160 to Gordon
8. At Gordon turn left, take 160 all the way to Cumberland
9. Stay on 160 thru Benham and Lynch all the way to Appalachia
10. Turn right onto 68, 68 turns into 606 before Keokee
11. Left on 421 to Pennington Gap
12. Left on 621, Right Poor Valley Road
13. Bare left to stay on 621, twice
14. Left on alt 58 to Big Stone Gap
15. At Norton take exit 1 then right onto 619 to Flag Rock, High Knob
16. Flag Rock entrance is on the left
17. Visit WoodBooger Statue
18. Leaving Flag Rock, turn left onto 619 to High Knob
19. Left on 238 to High Knob and turn right to visit the tower
20. Leaving tower go right onto 233 to High Knob Rec. area
21. Take 619 back to Norton
22. Get on 23 North back to Jenkins to finish the loop

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

LODGING

Comfort Inn - Big Stone Gap

4609 Aerial Way   276-523-5911

Poplar Hill Cottage - Big Stone Gap

10 W First St   276-523-1322

Jessie Lea Campground - Big Stone Gap

902 Wood Ave W   276-523-0055

Cave Springs Campground - Big Stone Gap

Rt 845   276-679-8370

Inn At Wise - Wise

110 E Main St   276-321-7600

 

Best Western - Wise

124 Woodland Dr   276-328-3500

Atria Inn & Suites - Norton

551 Hwy 58A East   276-679-7001

Holiday Inn - Norton

1051 Park Ave NW   276-679-6655

Days Inn - Norton

327 Wharton Lane   276-679-5340

Flag Rock Campground - Norton

Rt 619/Flag Rock Rd   276-679-0754

Appalachian Backroads Wise County Highlights
DINING

Reno's Roadhouse - Wise

132 Woodland Ave   276-328-2924

Monterrey Mexican - Wise

154 Ridgeview Rd SW #6   276-679-5850

Nut's Grill & Subs - Wise

145 Wise Plaza   276-679-4080

Moon Dog Brick Oven - Wise

302 Main St   276-321-7452

Roma's Pizzeria - Wise

313 Church St NW   276-328-3714

The Diner, Tap Room & Pub - Inn at Wise

110 E Main St   276-321-7600

Crooked Road BBQ - Pound

9715 Orby Cantrell Hwy   276-796-1061

Robo's Drive-In - Pound

9233 Orby Cantrell Hwy   276-796-5331

Woodbooger Grille - Norton

921 Park Ave SW   276-325-0551

DoughMakers Pizza - Norton

109 6th St NW   276-679-1099

Fishtales Family Restaurant - Norton

696 Hwy 58A, VA/KY Shopping Ctr 

276-679-1651

 

MiFinca Mexican Bar & Grill - Norton

987 Park Ave NW   276-679-3330

Prime Sirloin Family Steakhouse- Norton

1728 Park Ace NW   276-679-0673

Romano's Restaurant - Norton

999 Park Ave NW   276-679-1889

ATTRACTIONS

3. Lee Theatre

41676 W Morgan Ave, Penington Gap, VA

5. SWVA Historic Museum State Park

10 W 1st St N, Big Stone Gap

6. Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama

518 Clinton Ave E, Big Stone Gap, VA

7. The Country Cabin II

6034 Kent Junction Rd, Norton VA

8. Flag Rock Recreation Area

Flag Rock Rd, Norton, VA

9. High Knob Tower & Rec Area

Rt 233 W at the top of the mountain

Appalachian Backroads City of Norton Highlights