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Must See! The White Rocks have long been one of the most beautifully noted places in Lee County. It has been photographed several thousand times and remains as a beacon of home for the locals. Very few driving views will compare with these three miles of absolute splendor! This photo opt is one worth the drive. Be sure to stop and take a moment, you will be glad you did. It is beautiful year round, so please visit again soon! Would you like to stand on top of the White Rocks? The trail begins at Thomas Walker Civic Park.
Cumberland Gap is indeed a national park of superlatives: rich history, spectacular scenery, impressive vistas, unique geologic sandstone formations, magnificent underground caverns, and abundant and diverse plant and animal life. Tour Hensley Settlement and experience life of a by-gone age of a 20th century mountain community. Explore with a ranger Gap Cave and learn about the formation of the cave system. Walk in the footsteps of Native Americans, early settlers and Civil War Soldiers along the Wilderness Road Trail. At the park's visitor center, enjoy browsing through the museum, Eastern National Bookstore and Cumberland Crafts. Almost 70 miles of hiking trails provide numerous opportunities to explore and discover.
The gap was long used by Native Americans, as many species of migratory animals passed through it from north to south each year. It was fertile hunting territory and the only easy cut through the mountains from the southern wintering grounds of wild deer and buffalo to their northern summer range. Starting around 1775, the Gap became the primary route of transit for American settlers moving west into Kentucky; between 1775 and 1810 as many as 300,000 settlers may have used the Gap.
Two families by the name of Hensley and Gibbons moved to Brush Mountain to escape the many changes that were taking place in the early 1900s. Eventually, more family members followed and a community was begun.
Settlers continued their pioneer lifestyle until future generations began accepting employment and marriage partners off the mountain. Sherman Hensley, the founder of the settlement, was the last to leave in 1951.
Wilderness Road State Park
8051 Wilderness Road
Ewing, VA 24248
Public info: 276-445-3065
Wilderness Road State Park offers visitors picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. The park visitor center is home to a state of the art theater featuring an award winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation”. The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop with unique regional gifts. The park features the reconstructed Martin’s Station Fort, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on Virginia’s 1775 frontier. Guests also enjoy the park’s 3 picnic shelters, 100-seat amphitheater, nature play-scape, ADA certified playground, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. The 1870’s era Karlan Mansion is a picturesque location for weddings, family reunions or meetings. It has a solarium that’s perfect for showers, birthdays and other special functions. The park’s visitor center theater and amphitheater are also available for rent. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride on the 8.9 mile Wilderness Trail linking the state park with the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park campground, and more than 50 miles of national park trails. The park is located 5 miles west of Ewing, and 8 miles east of the Tennessee & Kentucky state lines on U.S. Route 58.
The park hosts several special events throughout the year. For a full list of programs and events visit: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org
April: Easter at Karlan
May: Raid at Martin’s Station
August: Customer Appreciation and Back to School Bash
October: Wilderness Road Heritage Festival & Martin’s Station
Fall Encampment, Pumpkins in the Park
December: A Frontier Christmas
Christmas at Karlan Mansion
Thomas Walker Civic Park is a perfect place to stop and have a picnic, sit and enjoy the quiet, or start your hike. There are picnic tables available, clean restrooms, field for outdoor activities, and a beautiful pavilion that is available for rent for your next event through the Cumberland Gap National Park. Thomas Walker Civic Park also includes a trailhead that leads to the Sandcave (3.9 miles) and the White Rocks (5.2 miles) Once atop the White Rocks you will be able to see three states: Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. It will not be a view that is soon forgotten. Horses welcome on this trail!
Beautiful and authentic gristmill built in 1890 and used by locals to grind their grain into meal. This is private property and suggested only as an opportunity to take a memorable and beautiful photo. Please respect the property and the friendly neighborhood. The is one of the most photographed places in Lee County.
The former millhouse is located on route 642 in Long Hollow Road. It is currently known for its beautiful restoration and friendly ducks. The working parts of this early 1900s mill were salvaged in 1984 by the current owners of the mill and rebuild the wheel and now pump water from the creek to operate it. This is a great place for a quiet picnic, where the children can feed the ducks.
A Civilian Conservation Corps Camp during the Great Depression, the park was deeded to the Town of Jonesville in 1942. Facilities at the 23 acre park include: picnic pavilions, walking trails, playground, amphitheater, and sports fields. Perhaps one of its greatest assets to the park is the “Veteran Memorial Wall” Soldiers names appear on the bricks of the wall honoring their service to Armed Forces of the United State of America. It is a perfect place to sit and reflect on the sacrifice that has been given for our freedom.
Stone Face Rock is located near Pennington Gap. Folklore says that the face was carved by Cherokee Indians honoring their chief at the time. The name of the Chief is unknown. Others believe that the face has evolved over time by wind and rain. Nevertheless it’s a great photo opportunity for a visitor looking for something different.
Lake Keokee Loop is a 3.7 mile trail that loops around a 92 acre lake. The area is used for hiking, fishing, and wildlife observation. The facility has a paved launch ramp, picnic areas, and hiking trails. The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
Former coal tipple site reclaimed for outdoor education
The outdoor classroom and park replace a former coal transfer station, one of approximately 70 abandoned sites in Southwest Virginia. Located at the former Rand Osborne Coal Tipple Yard between St. Charles and Pennington Gap in Lee County.
Heritage and hard work is what has made Lee County what it is today. The simplicity of this memorial perfectly depicts the simplicity of our coal heritage, the hard working men, women and children from Lee County that worked the mines in Central Appalachia. It remembers those that were lost providing for their families. These should be remembered, always!
Enjoy our swinging bridges! Lee County is home to twelve swinging bridges! The original purpose for these bridges was to provide access to pedestrians when the water was too high to drive across. These are maintained but if they are ever destroyed will not be rebuilt. Enjoy them while we have them!
Cedar Hill Country Club is located on 1100 Shannon Evans Road in Jonesville, Virginia. The 18-hole golf course is a beautiful setting for a day of course; encompassed by rolling hills in the heart of Appalachia.
The most friendly and affordable place to play golf!
Golf Course Rd, Ewing, VA 24248
Built in 1978-79, Monte Vista began as a dream in the heart of George S. "Nig" Engle, to provide a place that anybody, regardless of background or means could play golf and enjoy themselves, and today his family is still seeing his dream live on. We are still owned and operated by his son in law and daughter- Ralph and Denise Young, Grandson- (George) Daniel Carmack and widow- Etta-Lou Engle Talley.
A family owned and operated golf course, Monte Vista is the most friendly and affordable place to play golf in the Tri-State area! Located along the beautiful Cumberland Mountains, you will find yourself playing on some of the most beautiful 9 holes, any course offers. A par 36 course, Monte Vista is the perfect place to enjoy a day of golf and fun for those just learning to play and also for those who call themselves "Tiger Woods". We are open to the public and offer a pro-shop, driving range and memberships for those who enjoy playing more than the average golfer. We are just 5 miles from the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Gibson Station VA. A short drive from both Middlesboro, Kentucky and Harrogate TN, come up and see why we are the perfect place to play with an affordable price!
The Lee Theatre is a newly renovated 1930s theatre. It encompasses a wide variety of entertainment ranging from local productions to regional entertainment. Choose any of the over 500 seats, because the sound is flawless! This beautiful and unique venue can also be reserved for weddings! Call 276-346-4000 for upcoming show and ticket information or visit them on the web at www.leetheatre.org.
605 Old Zion Road
Leeman Field was the largest enclosed baseball field in the United States for many years after its construction in 1933. The ball field encompassed 15 acres with high board fence and sheltered hundreds of fans in the wooden grand stand. Facilities at the 33 acre park now include: swimming pool, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, sports fields, horse show ring, amphitheater, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball pit, and hosts the annual County fair. It is also the gateway to the ATV trail, and the home a new visitors center, RV Park, ATV drag-way and to a newly constructed Greenway walking trail.
265 Leona Street
Preserving the life stories, history, heritage, culture and events of African Americans in far Southwest Virginia is the mission of the Cultural Center. An excellent example of a one room school house with one teacher coordinating multiple grades, the Cultural Center offers a glimpse of rural education and the culture of the past.
The building that once housed the only primary school for blacks in Pennington Gap, Lee County, Virginia, is now the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center. In addition to preserving Appalachian black history and houses a library of black literature.
Tours by Appointment.
Cave Springs Recreation Area is located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The facility has camping, picnic areas, small pond and beach area for swimming. Visitors favorite activity is hiking the loop trail to a breathtaking overlook to a historic cave.
This overlook has a spectacular view of Powell Valley and surrounding mountains. Stop and sit awhile! Another great photo opportunity!
Like good food, excellent music and a family friendly atmosphere? Wayne's Place in Hubbard Springs is the only place in Lee County to get all three! Every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. you will enjoy down home cooking, authentic Appalachian music and flat footing. Located just off of Hubbard Springs Rd. Call Lee County Tourism for more information: 276-346-4629
Photo credit: Virginia Tourism Corporation & Sam Dean
Looking for a great place to the spend the day? Johnson's Fishing Pond is locally owned and operated and offers a great fishing experience for all. It is stocked with Bluegill, Bass and Catfish and is a catch and release pond. They offer fishing and camping in a safe and family friendly environment!
Location: Hubbard Springs Road, Jonesville VA
Phone: (276) 870-9989
Fishing is $5 per adult. Children under 10 fish free with paying adult. Tent or RV camping is $15 per night.
RV camping spot with hook-up for $20, reservation is suggested as space is limited.
Lee County Tourism
33640 Main Street • Jonesville, VA 24263
Lee County, Virginia • (276) 346-4629 • (276) 346-7712-Fax • www.ilovelee.org