Southwest Virginia

Called one of the 15 "must see" locations by USA Today, Southwest Virginia is home to heritage music, handmade crafts, and outdoor recreation!

Mission: The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation is the coordinating body for cultural heritage tourism and economic development efforts fostering Southwest Virginia’s creative economy. The Foundation provides vision, guidance, and resources to sustain and grow the economy through preservation, revitalization, and marketing the quality of life, which is authentic, distinctive, and alive in the Southwest Virginia region. More information about Southwest Virginia and The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation can be found at

Nothing like the mountains and open road. ⛰🚐 #LoveVA #SWVA

Happy Mother’s Day, friends. We 💕you!

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Today is a great day for a 🏃🏻‍♀️...Or to bike, walk, ride, hike. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile rail-to-recreation trail from Damascus ⬅️➡️ Abingdon. #SWVA

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Vote - Abingdon - Best Small Town Food Scene Nominee: 2019 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

Visit Abingdon VA is in the running for USA TODAY's Best Small Town Food Scene! Vote for them daily until May 6th.

Virginia is for Lovers Abingdon: Vote for your favorite small town dining scene!

Did you see the lineup for this year's Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion?? To say we're excited would be an understatement.

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📍Flag Rock Recreational Area in Explore Norton VA

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It might be Monday, but it’s never too early to plan your next camping trip. 🏕🗺

High Knob is 1 of 8 Anchor area destinations in #SWVA. Make plans to explore them all this summer! ☀️📷

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Bill and the Belles

The famous DipDog Stand since 1957, located in Marion, VA.

You’ll have to try a DipDog for yourself to see why we (and Bill and the Belles) love this jewel in #SWVA so much!

The world famous DipDog Stand now has a DIP DOG JINGLE written by.....US!!! We’d love it if you give it a listen and then take a trip out to EXIT 39 off HIGHWAY 11 (Lee Highway) and get yourself a DIPDOG. Tune in to tomorrow night’s SOLD OUT Farm and Fun Time to hear it live!

Virginia is for Lovers

DYK that Southwest Virginia is home to 11 Virginia State Parks? Learn more about each one here »

Virginia is for Lovers

Families find Virginia’s 37 state parks as diverse as the state itself, see why our parks are consistently rated the best in the nation.

Big Walker Lookout is a 100-ft observation tower near Visit Wytheville. We’ve got views around every corner in #SWVA!

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Southwest Virginia's cover photo

Guess who we went to visit last weekend? 🐴 #SWVA #LoveVA

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We’re all Hoos today! Congratulations to our NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 🏀🧡💙🏆 Virginia Men's Basketball University of Virginia

Come on back, Spring. The water’s fine. 🤙🏽🚣🏽‍♂️ #SWVA #loveva ❤️

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We are home to some outstanding breweries! What are some of your faves? 🍻🍔

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We ❤️ this! Virginia is for Lovers

Bookmark this page so you can find the LOVE across the state!

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Southwest Virginia

Did you know that we launched a new visitor website designed to help you explore every inch of #SWVA?

Check it out and let us know what you think »

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So ready to start exploring #SWVA again! 📍🗺🛶

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Hooray for sunshine! ☀️🙌🏼 Love our state! ❤️

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Look, it’s Spring. 🌞

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Virginia State Parks

Did you know that Southwest Virginia has 11 Virginia State Parks?

Learn More » via Virginia is for Lovers Virginia is home to one of the greatest state park systems in the country.

9th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival | Chantilly Farm Campground and Events Venue - A campground and events venue in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd County, Virginia

On Memorial Day weekend in 2019, gather at the beautiful Chantilly Farm in Floyd, Virginia to celebrate the coming of summer with some of the biggest bands in bluegrass, old-time and mountain music.

Performances, arts and crafts vendors, camping, great food, jamming, children’s activities, hiking and biking trails, cornhole, and so much more!

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Visit Floyd, VA | Virginia Is For Lovers | The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

50 of the Most Charming Small Towns in America

Guess which #SWVA community is a destination for music lovers, history buffs, race fans, outdoor enthusiasts and now named one of the 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America by Travel Channel?

Read More » Explore the hidden gems of each state: towns with quaint shops and restaurants, fascinating histories, fun experiences and natural beauty.

“A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” 🌲

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Why This Region of Virginia Could Be the South’s New Foodie Hotspot

"The South’s new foodie hotspot is not a specific city, but a region—Western Virginia (not to be confused with West Virginia). Specifically, a host of local farms, boutique hotels, and new eateries that are popping up all along the I-81 corridor from the Shenandoah Valley down to the Tennessee border."

Read More via Vogue » A host of local farms, boutique hotels, and new eateries are popping up all along the I-81 corridor from the Shenandoah Valley down to the Tennessee border.

🌲⛰🌄 we love everything about this #SWVA scene.

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Don’t let winter hold you back. Get out there. 😤

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Is there any time of the year Flag Rock in @nortonvirginia doesn’t look amazing? 🏕🌨

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Abingdon Music Experience

January Jams starts this weekend in Visit Abingdon VA at Barter Theatre.

Get your tickets before they're gone!

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Are you ready?

This is a photo of our 🆕 Classic Camo Badge Cap. Just take our word for it. 🧐 👍🏼

SWVA Collection link in our bio.

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Amazing Hikes One Park at a Time: Hungry Mother State Park

Anyone been to every state park in #SWVA?

Virginia State Parks » Learn more about the best hiking trails in Virginia as guest blogger Lauren MacGregor and husband make it their goal to hike them at every Virginia State Park.

Virginia is for Lovers

Virginia is for Lovers

While the logo has changed quite a few times over the years, the message remains the same: LOVE.

A new generation is discovering love for Virginia’s mountains, beaches, history, theme parks, vibrant cities, outdoor activities; and the love story continues.

What’s New in Virginia for 2019 (& the Hottest New Destinations for 2018!) - Virginia's Travel Blog

Check out what's new in Virginia in 2019!

Virginia is for Lovers »   Virginia has lots to look forward to in 2019, from luxury boutique hotels featuring rooftop bars to brand new restaurants from critically-acclaimed


Wouldn't it be nice to get away to a cozy cabin and recharge for the new year? 📍: Primland

You all LOVED photos of #SWVA in the winter in 2018! Can’t wait to see what you love (and experience with us) in 2019! #topnine2018 #LoveVA
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Experience Floydfest 2018

There's nothing like...FloydFest. Come see us in #SWVA!

FloydFest 19~Voyage Home (July 24-28, 2019)

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Floydfest is a five-day celebration of music, art, and outdoor adventure. Experience the...

'The true authentic heart of America': Bristol named best small town to visit in Virginia

Bristol is just one of our many charming towns in #SWVA. Won't you come see for yourself?

Read More » via The Roanoke Times

Discover Bristol | Believe in Bristol | Northeast Tennessee A popular international travel blog recently chose Bristol, Virginia, as the best small town to visit in Virginia.

It’s a shame #SWVA isn’t more photogenic 😍. From our Southwest Virginia families to yours...we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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🚨SAVE THE DATE 🚨 and go ahead and buy your tickets for The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail’s 5th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7-15, 2019!

Virginia is for Lovers | #SWVA

TICKETS ARE HERE for The Crooked Road’s 5th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7-15, 2019! Artists like Ralph Stanley II, T. Michael Coleman, Jack Lawrence, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, and Jim Van Cleve will perform across Southwest Virginia in tribute to the legacies of musical icons Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, the Stanley Brothers, and Doyle Lawson.

This year's Homecoming theme “Let the Music Move You” celebrates the connection between traditional music and dance, with opportunities to not only see amazing dance performances, but to get up on the dance floor as a participant. Add in premiere festivals like HoustonFest, concerts by IBMA “Entertainers of the Year” Balsam Range, and a rare joint performance by phenomenal youth artists Carson Peters & Presley Barker, and you have a lineup worthy of the 5th Annual Homecoming.

Concert tickets are now available at

To receive updates as more concerts are announced, sign up for the Homecoming e-newsletter at

The Crooked Road thanks the Virginia Tobacco Commission and Department of Housing & Community Development, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and many more sponsors for their support.

Rep your #SWVA. Hats are back in stock! Follow our bio link to the full merchandise collection. 🧢⚾️🍺

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Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation One Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA

General information

If you are looking for stunning natural beauty, Southwest Virginia is a place where peace and tranquility come in dramatic form, from the highest mountain peaks in Virginia to the most diverse river ecosystem in all of America. Whether taking scenic drives to view the Fall color, following Daniel Boone’s footsteps along the Wilderness Road, or simply fishing, floating or paddling on a meandering river, time spent in the region adds up to something much more than a simple getaway.
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Swann-Outdoors Recreational Rentals Swann-Outdoors Recreational Rentals
19407 Bethel Rd
Abingdon, 24211

See us for all your camping needs and outdoor events.

Mahoney's of Abingdon Mahoney's of Abingdon
825 Cummings St
Abingdon, 24211

Mahoney's of Abingdon is owned and operated by Mahoney's Outfitters located in Johnson City, TN for over 50 years. The same level of service and expert advice is provided on firearms, home safes, optics, archery, camping, and backpacking.

Highland Arms Highland Arms
920 W Main St
Abingdon, 24210

Highland Arms offers a broad range of firearms, ammunition, and accessories at competitive prices.

White Blaze Guided Hiking LLC. White Blaze Guided Hiking LLC.

A complete guided hiking service in the Tri-Cities metro area. Visit to book a hike.

Washington County Virginia Recreation Department Washington County Virginia Recreation Department
1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon, 24210

We provide youth and adult recreational programs in all areas of Washington County Virginia.

Appalachian Challenge Appalachian Challenge
23511 Sportsman Dr
Abingdon, 24211

The 3rd Annual Appalachian Challenge will take place at 10:00am on Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ Sportsmans Marina 23511 Sportsman Drive. Abingdon, VA 24211

Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop
201 Pecan St SE
Abingdon, 24210

Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop is a full-service, family owned and operated bicycle shop & shuttle service for the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Tolbert Equestrian Tolbert Equestrian
20285 Randolph Drive
Abingdon, 24211

Tolbert Equestrian offers Hunter Jumper boarding and training in the Abingdon & Tri-Cities area. We regularly attend SWVHJA, ETHJA & USEF horse shows.

Abingdon Falcons Radio Network Abingdon Falcons Radio Network
Abingdon, 24210

Providing streaming audio for Abingdon Falcon sports. All proceeds minus AHS administration approved expenses go to support the AHS Athletic Department.

Southwest Virginia Outdoors Southwest Virginia Outdoors
Friends Of Southwest Virginia One Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, 24210

The Southwest Virginia region encompasses the Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe.

Kestner Dressage at High Hopes Farm Kestner Dressage at High Hopes Farm
15054 Enterprise Rd
Abingdon, 24211

A Dressage Training Facility

Sportsmans Marina Sportsmans Marina
23511 Sportsman Dr
Abingdon, 24211

Full Service Marina