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Tazewell County nurtures a special position in the majestic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. The Nature Conservancy declared the Clinch River Basin to be one of only twenty “Last Great Places” in the world (1990), and this basin, supporting "…the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered fresh water species," begins in Tazewell County.
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia this is a vacation and sportsman's paradise with a rich heritage and beautiful scenery. The Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area is here offering numerous opportunities for hiking, hunting and fishing. Come see the historic rural sites and small towns to rediscover life the way it used to be. Visit "God's Thumbprint" in the area called Burke's Garden.
In the heights of the Appalachian mountains, Bluefield, Virginia has an abundance to offer. With easy access to world renowned fishing, skiing and hiking locations, as well as its proximity to major US interstate routes and airports, Bluefield makes an ideal location to live, work and play.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.