The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is located at Oakwood, in Buchanan Ccounty, which is in the rugged Appalachian Mountains of the southwesterrn portion of Virginia. Oakwood is located in the midst of a beautiful deciduous forest in the heartland of Virginia's energy industry. Buchanan County is the most heavily forested county in Virginia and regularly leads the state in both coal and gas production. Unfortunately, Buchanan County is also one of Virginia's poorest counties, having a per capita income of $12,788.00, with 23.26% of its population living below the poverty line in 2000. The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is situated adjacent to U.S. Highway route number 460, twelve (12) miles east from Grundy, Virginia, which is the county seat of Buchanan County, and home to the Appalachian School of Law, the Boothe Center, and the Mountain Mission School. The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is located:
- Eighteen (18) miles from Richlands, Virginia, which offers local shopping;
- Approximately sixty-two (62) miles north the Tri-Cities, comprised of Bristol, Virginia; Johnson City, Tennessee; and Kingsport, Tennessee, which forms a regional shopping, industrial, medical, and cultural center for Southwest Virginia (Tri-Cities is also home to the Tri-Cities Airport at Blountville, Tennessee, a commercial airport); and
- Approximately sixty-two (62) miles southeast of Pikeville, Kentucky, which is a regional shopping, industrial and medical center.
Some other institutions of higher education which are located within approximately two (2) hours drive of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy are: Bluefield College, Bluefield State College, Concord College, East Tennessee State University, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Emory and Henry College, King College, Mountain Empire Community College, Pikeville College, Radford University, Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) and Virginia Intermont College.
This region is known for its outdoor activities, such as, fishing, four wheeling, golfing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, snow skiing, water skiing and whitewater rafting. It is also home to several festivals, museums, musical venues and some of America's best theatre. For more information about the area view the website of "The Heart of Appalachia", the region's tourism board at www.heartofappalachia.com., or review the list below of places of interest within approximately two (2) hours drive of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy: