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The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is nestled in the town of Oakwood in Buchanan County, in the rugged Appalachian Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. The town is small and quiet, perfect for when you need to focus on your pharmacy studies. But, the surrounding area also has much to offer for a fun evening out or enjoyable day trip.

This area 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 Heart of Appalachia, the region’s tourism board, or review the list below of places of interest within approximately a two-hour drive of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy:

Bristol Caverns
1157 Bristol Caverns Hwy.
Bristol, TN 37620
Phone: (423) 878-2011

Appalachian Caverns
Come visit with us and take a timeless stroll through the ever-changing caverns. Enjoy a picnic at our picnic area or camp in the campground. For the more adventurous, sign up for an Explorer Tour or Wild Tour and do some crawling around in the undeveloped areas of the cavern. No matter whether you spend a couple of hours or a few days, you’re sure to see beauty that is beyond compare.

420 Cavehill Rd
Blountville, TN 37617

Fincastle Country Club
1000 Country Club Dr.
Bluefield VA, 24605
Phone: (276) 322-4342
Fax: (276) 322-3469

Glenrochie Country Club
200 Clubhouse Drive
Abingdon, VA 24211-3839

Mountain Top Golf
Rt. 1, Box 22
Pilgrims Knob, VA 24634
Phone: (276) 259-7314

Richwood Golf Club
RR 2
Bluefield, VA 24605
P: (276) 322-4575

Tazewell County Country Club
7351 Pounding Mill Branch Rd
Pounding Mill, VA 24637-3731
P: (276) 988-3593
F: (276) 988-0370

The Country Club of Bristol
6045 Old Jonesboro Rd
Bristol, TN 37620-3017
Tel: (423) 652-1700

The Virginian
22512 Clubhouse Ridge
Bristol, VA  24202

Twisted Gun Golf Club
Twisted Gun Rd
Wharncliffe, WV
(304) 664-9100

Willowbrook Country Club
State Route 609
P.O. Box 117
Breaks, VA  24607
Phone: (276) 531-8542
Fax: (276) 531-8542

Wolf Creek Golf Course
Route 614
Bastian, VA 24314
Phone: (276) 688-4610

Big Buchanan Hunting Club
(276) 498-4966

Dismal River Hunt Club
(276) 259-6073

Knox Creek Hunt Club
(276) 566-8209

Southwest Virginia Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Wild Turkey Federation
(276) 498-4524

Bristol Pirates
1501 Euclid Ave
Bristol, VA 24201
(276) 206-9946

Johnson City Cardinals
111 Legion St
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 461-4866

Johnson City Doughboys
111 Legion St
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 461-4866

Princeton WhistlePigs
345 Old Bluefield Road
Princeton, WV 24740
(304) 487-2000

Bluefield Ridge Runners
(304) 324-1326

Bluefield Blue Jays
Bowen Field Stadium Drive
Bluefield, WV 24701

Carter Family Fold
The Carter Family Fold is part of the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of old-time, traditional country and mountain music.

AP Carter Highway
P.O. Box 111
Hiltons, VA 24258
(276) 386-6054

Appalachian Wireless Arena
Eastern Kentucky’s Premiere Performance and Event Venue

126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 433-0200

Viking Hall
Bristol Tennessee’s only civic arena, opened in December 1981. The venue hosts numerous public events such as concerts, trade/consumer shows and sporting events. The venue is also home to all of Bristol Tennessee High School sports / academic activities.

1100 Edgemont Avenue
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 652-9361

The Paramount Center for the Arts
Built in 1974 on the sprawling Liberty Bell Complex, Freedom Hall is a multi-purpose facility that provides services to the entertainment industry, the Johnson City Schools and the community at large.

518 State St
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 274-8920

Freedom Hall
Pactolas Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 461-4884

Mountain Arts Center
With its state-of-the-art theater, large meeting rooms, expansive lobby and professional staff, the Mountain Arts Center is more than an entertainment venue.

50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
(606) 889-9886

Virginia/Kentucky Opry
724 Park Avenue
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-1901

Breaks Interstate Park
627 Commission Circle
Breaks, VA 24607
(276) 865-4413

Enochs Branch Park
Phone: 276-935-6503
P.O. Box 950
Grundy, VA 24614

Verner Blankenship Park
Phone: 276-935-6503
P.O. Box 950
Grundy, VA 24614

William P. Harris Park
Phone: 276-935-6503
P.O. Box 950
Grundy, VA 24614

Keen Mountain Park
Phone: 276-935-6503
P.O. Box 950
Grundy, VA 24614

Poplar Gap Park
Phone: 276-935-6503
P.O. Box 950
Grundy, VA 24614

Kiwanis Park
Buchanan County
P.O. Box 626
Grundy, VA 24614
Features: picnic facilities, a walking track, a covered stage, playground equipment and a tennis court.

Grayson Highlands State Park 
829 Grayson Highland Lane
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

Hungry Mother State Park
2854 Park Blvd.
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 781-7400

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
419 Jenny Wiley Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY
(606) 886-2711
The Park offers something for everyone. With 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park is a water lovers’s paradise.

Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
10 West First Street
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-1322
An education museum exhibiting a part of Southwest Virginia’s rich heritage.

Clinch River State Park
P.O. Box 67
St Paul, VA 24283

Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway
P.O. Box 3966 (37625)
151 Speedway Blvd. (37620)
Bristol, TN
Phone: (423) 989-6933

This 1/2 mile concrete oval is located in Bristol and hosts the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, All Pro and Dash series.

Bristol Dragway
P.O. Box 3966 (37625)
151 Speedway Blvd. (37620)
Bristol, Tennessee
Phone: (423) 989-6933

Bristol Dragway is built on the site of the original Bristol Dragway, which opened in 1965 with NHRA sanction.

Volunteer Speedway
14095 W Andrew Johnson Hwy
Bulls Gap, TN 37711-2533
(423) 235-5020
The World’s fastest dirt track.

Southern Gap Raceway
6391 Poplar Creek Road
Grundy, VA 24614
(276) 935-5725

Thunder Ridge Race Track
164 Kentucky Route 3
Lancer Water – Gap Road
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 886-7223

Thunder Ridge is a horse track in Prestonsburg, Kentucky that features harness racing.  With live racing: Friday-Sunday, October 1 to November; Simulcasting: Wednesday-Sunday noon-midnight, closed Mondays and Tuesday.  The property has one restaurant.  The track is also used for motocross racing during its horse racing off-season.  Thunder Ridge is also the site of the Eastern Kentucky Fair.

Lonesome Pine Raceway
10800 Old Norton-Coeburn Rd.
Coeburn, VA  24230
(276) 395-5155

Lonesome Pine Raceway is a 3/8 mile asphalt oval that was founded in 1972 by Russell Large and Bill Hall who were businessmen from the Coeburn area. The designs used to build LPIR were far ahead of their time making it one of the finest facilities of its kind anywhere.

Wythe Raceway
164 Race Track Rd,
Rural Retreat, VA 24368-2953
(276) 223-9804

172 Cassidy Blvd
Pikeville, KY 41501

Cuz’s Uptown BBQ
US Route 460
Pounding Mill, VA 24637

Fisher & Company
1735 Pisgah Road
Tazewell, VA 24651

Front Porch on Main
254 Main Street
Tazewell, VA 24651

Italian Village
Claypool Hill Mall
Richlands, VA 24641

Peking Chinese Restaurant
1200 Plaza Dr, 1700
Grundy, VA 24614

The Dragons Den 
10941 Riverside Dr
Oakwood, VA 24631

Italian Village – Gino’s
1090 Anchorage Circle
Vansant, VA 24656

El Sombrero
1144 Riverside Dr
Grundy, VA 24614

Texas Roadhouse
130 Justice Way
Pikeville, KY 41501


Local Fast Food Options

Dairy Queen


Long John Silvers

Pizza Hut

Pizza Plus


Taco Bell

Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road
Ghent, WV 25843
Location: Two Minutes off I-77 at Exit 28 | Ghent / Flat Top, West Virginia
Phone: 304-787-3221or1-800-607-SNOW
Fax: Main Fax: 304-787-9885
Group Sales Fax: 304-787-2401 or 304-787-2402

Sugar Mountain
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr,
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604

Appalachian Ski Mtn.
P.O. Box 106
940 Ski Mountain Rd
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: 828-295-7828
Fax: 828-295-3277

Hawksnest Ski Resort
2058 Skyland Drive
Seven Devils, NC 28604
828.963.6561 or toll free at 800.822.4295
Hawksnest is located just off of Highway 105 South between Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina, high atop Seven Devils, North Carolina.

The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa
150 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 242
Telephone: 276-628-3161
Fax: 276-628-8885
Reservations: 1-888-999-8078

Serenity Now 
17317 Riverside Dr,
Vansant, VA 24614

Southwest Virginia Cyclist
SWVAC is a free cycling club located in the Wytheville/Marion Virginia area. We have members of all levels from beginners to advanced riders. So whether you’re new to the sport or have been riding for a while and just looking to join in we offer many opportunities. Feel free to join our mailing list to find out and keep up with rides and activities that we have going on.

East Tennessee Mountain Bike Rides 

Singletracks – Mountain Biking 

Grundy Bike Trail
Grundy, VA

Biking Trails in Southwest Virginia 

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
419 Jenny Wiley Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY
(606) 886-2711

The Park offers something for everyone. With 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park is a water lovers’ paradise.

The Paramount Center for the Arts
518 State St.
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 274-8920

The Paramount Center for the Arts is dedicated to the presentation and production of diverse, high-quality programming in live performance, arts-in-education, visual arts, and film.

Barter Theatre
127 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA
(276) 619-3335

Barter Theatre began in 1933 with one man’s idea to have patrons pay with produce and has grown today into a year-round theatre with more than 160,000 visitors each year.

June Toliver Playhouse
522 Clinton Ave
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Artist Collaborative Theatre 
207 N. Patty Loveless Drive
Elkhorn, KY 41522

Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
(606) 889-9886

Jettie Baker Center
Main Street (Rt. 607)
Clintwood, VA 24228

Harry W. Meador Coal Museum
570 Shawnee Ave E
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-9209
Harry W. Meador Jr., to whom this museum is dedicated, was a tireless advocate of the coal-mining industry.

Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center
Clintwood, VA 24228
(276) 926-8550
Combining the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley with the history of traditional mountain music, this state-of-the-art, interactive museum will allow you to see and hear this particular style of American music in its original setting: the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Follow the career of Ralph Stanley & the Stanley Brothers through the exhibits and learn how the environment and traditional music influenced their style.

Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park
Located just off 19-460 on Crab Orchard Road
3663 Crab Orchard Road
Tazewell, VA 2651
(276) 988-6755
Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park opened in 1982 as a non-profit historical museum named for the National Landmark historic site on which we are located.

John Fox, Jr. Museum
118 Shawnee Avenue East
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-2747
Step back in time and visit the home that was a part of this famous author’s writing career.

Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
10 West First Street
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-1322
An education museum exhibiting a part of Southwest Virginia’s rich heritage.

Museum of Middle Appalachians
P.O. Box 910
Saltville, VA 24370
(276) 496-7033
The Saltville Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in October of 1991 with the goal of establishing a modern research and exhibit museum, outdoor interpretive trails and living history exhibits, and community outreach program that would encourage and facilitate the preservation, understanding, and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of the middle Appalachian region.

William King Museum of Art
415 Academy Drive Northwest
Abingdon, VA 24210
(276) 628-5005

William King Museum is the only facility of its kind serving far Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Located in Abingdon, this non-profit regional art museum and arts education center is Virginia’s only nationally-accredited museum west of Roanoke.

The Paramount Center for the Arts
518 State St.
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 274-8920
The Paramount Center for the Arts is dedicated to the presentation and production of diverse, high-quality programming in live performance, arts-in-education, visual arts, and film.

Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum
101 W. Water Street
Pocahontas, VA 24635
(276) 945-9522

The Appalachian Trail
799 Washington Street
P.O. Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331

The A.T. is a hiking trail, enjoyed by an estimated 4 million people each year.
Near Burke’s Garden, VA

Breaks Interstate Park
627 Commission Circle
Breaks, VA 24607
(276) 865-4413

Pine Mountain Trail
P.O. Box 784
Whitesburg, KY 41858

Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure
1124 Chipping Sparrow Road,
Grundy, VA 24614

Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail
Maxie, VA 24628

The Virginia Creeper Trail

The trail stretches 35 miles from Abingdon, Virginia thru Damascus, Virginia to the North Carolina state line near Whitetop, Virginia.

Sugar Hill Loop Trail

Enjoy eight miles of maintained trails along the Scenic Clinch River, the Sugar Hill Loop Trail and Oxbow Lake that start at the Oxbow Dam in St. Paul, Virginia.

Clinch River State Park
P.O. Box 67
St Paul, VA 24283

The Channels Natural Area Preserve
Hayter’s Gap VA

Pinnacle State Natural Area Preserve
Lebanon, VA

For the serious adventurer, whitewater rafting is available on the raging rapids of the Russell Fork River. Each Saturday and Sunday during the first four full weekends in October, water is released from the John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir, creating world class rapids on the Russell Fork through the Breaks Gorge. Different sections of the river provide varying levels of difficulty. Rafters will find Class Two and Three rapids closer to the Flannagan Dam area, and rapids up to Class Six through the Breaks Park area on sections of the river where names like “twenty stitches,” “broken nose,” and “triple drop,” give some sense of the adventure to be had here. The gradient of the Russell Fork ranges from five feet per mile to an unbelievable 180 feet per mile. One violent 75-foot stretch, aptly named “El Horrendo,” is considered one of the most difficult in the East.

If you choose to take on the Russell Fork do be cautious; the river can be unkind to all but experienced paddlers. It is known throughout the rafting world as some of the wildest, most difficult whitewater anywhere and is best experienced with a guide or outfitter familiar with the river. The park doesn’t offer boat rentals or guided rafting, but many outfitters visit the Russell Fork each October to provide those services. Those interested in riding the rapids should locate an outfitter and plan their excursion ahead of time.
Sheltowee Trace Outfitters
P.O. Box 1060
Whitley City, KY 42653

Coalfields Folklife Festival
Grundy, VA

Hillbilly Days (April)
(Eastern Kentucky Premier Festival)
P.O. Box 1497
Pikeville, Kentucky 41502
Phone: 606-432-5504
Fax: 606-432-7295

Burkes Garden Fall Festival (September)
Rt. 623
Tazewell, VA 24651
Visit Virginia’s largest rural historical district and national landmark for a day filled with fun. Come and witness the best scenery on the East Coast and enjoy music, great food and crafts. Directions: From Hwy 19-460 take exit 3. Follow Rt. 61E six miles to Rt. 623 on the right beside J.R.’s store.
Phone: (276) 472-2346

Honaker Red Bud Festival
Event Time: Mid-April Annually
P.O. box 1592
Honaker, VA 24260

Southern Gap Elk Fest
1124 Chipping Sparrow Road,
Grundy, VA 24614

Southern Gap Mountain Mayhem
1124 Chipping Sparrow Road,
Grundy, VA 24614

Buchanan County Fair
1179 Fairgrounds Circle
Grundy, VA 24614

Red Bud Festival and Quilt Workshop
Event Time: Mid-April Annually
Union College Campus
Barbourville, KY 40906

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Concert Series
A great music festival where country music began.

Home Craft Days
Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Wise County Fall Fling
Courthouse Mall
Wise, VA 24293

John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir
Virginia Corps Projects
Rt. 1 Box 268
Haysi, VA 24256
(276) 835-9544
1,145 acre man-made lake located in Dickenson County, Virginia.

Breaks Interstate Park
627 Commission Circle
Breaks, VA 24607
(276) 865-4413

Fishtrap Lake State Park
2204 Fishtrap Road
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 437-7496
A man-made lake, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers

Laurel Bed Lake
(276) 783-4860 or (276) 944-3434.
Laurel Bed is a Department-owned lake located in Russell County on the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Hidden Valley Lake
Washington County, VA
To get to Hidden Valley Lake, take Route 19 and Alternate 58 (north from Abingdon or south from Hansonville), and then follow Route 690 to the lake.
This 61-acre Department-owned impoundment is in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area in Washington County.

Hungry Mother State Park
2854 Park Blvd.
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 781-7400
Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia is noted for its woodlands and lake.

South Holston Lake
South Holston Lake is on the South Fork Holston River and is surrounded by Sullivan County in Tennessee and Washington County in Virginia.
Email: https://visitabingdonvirginia.com

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
419 Jenny Wiley Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY
(606) 886-2711
The Park offers something for everyone. With 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park is a water lovers’s paradise.

The Nolichucky River
The Nolichucky, winding through both North Carolina and Tennessee, offers a variety of whitewater rapids that cut their way through a beautiful 3000′ gorge.

The Russell Fork River
Dickenson County
Rt. 1 Box 268
Haysi, VA 24256
Telephone (276) 835-9544
A tributary of the Big Sandy River, the Russell Fork River is a scenic series of rapids, pools and tortuous twists.  World class whitewater rafting opportunities are available on the river running through the Breaks Canyon (Breaks Interstate Park) below the John Flannagan Dam four weekends in October when released from the dam create raftable water. Kayakers or rafters will enjoy this intense river.
Russell Fork Whitewater Adventures
Route 80, Big Rock, VA 24603
(276) 530-7044 or 530-7243

Levisa River
The Levisa Fork (also known as the Levisa Fork River or the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River) is a tributary of the Big Sandy River, approximately 140 mi (225 km) long, in southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the United States.
It rises in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, in the eastern Buchanan County, near Grundy.  It flows west into Pike County, Kentucky, where it receives the Russell Fork River and is impounded to form Fishtrap Lake reservoir, then northwest past Pikeville and Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

New River, Narrows, VA
The magnificent New River glides along and through Giles County for 37 beautiful miles.  Grab your fly rod, hiking boots, kayak paddle, running shoes and mountain bike.
(540) 921-2525

West Virginia Lakes

Bluestone Lake
Bluestone is probably one of the most well-known lakes in the entire Mountain State.  Easy to get to from I-77 or I-64, Bluestone has boating, fishing, camping, and all the other things you’d look for in a lake vacation.  Start at Hinton, one of the most historic of America’s railroad towns.

Summersville Lake
Right above the world famous Gauley River is the pristine Summersville Lake.  Sometimes called the “Little Bahamas of the East” by divers, Summersville is probably the best place on the list to chill out a little.  There’s a nice beach there too, if you’ve got the desire to hit the water but don’t have a boat.

Lake Stephens
If you’re close to Beckley and looking to add a little play to your work, do not miss an opportunity to go to Lake Stephens.  It’s only nine miles away, and sits right in the middle of almost 2000 acres of hardwood forest.  Lake Stephens is the site of several fishing tournaments throughout the season- and there’s a good reason for that.

RD Bailey Lake
On the good side of the West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia tri-state, RD Bailey Lake is a beautiful mountain reservoir next to the town of Justice, WV.  Right on the Guyandotte River, RD Bailey is remote and folded within the steep mountains of Wyoming County.  If you want to really get away, game on.

Plum Orchard Lake
It’s actually Plum Orchard Wildlife Management Area, but what it can really be described as is secret.  Most people bypass Plum Orchard Lake on the West Virginia Turnpike, missing this small gem just outside of Scarbro.  There are three boat launches for easy access, and you’ll find plenty of room out on the water as well.

Rock Climbing Instruction in Virginia
At OWLS, we take pride in our rock climbing courses and high-quality instruction.  Our instructors have decades of climbing and outdoor experience and most of them have been trained by the American Mountain Guides Association.  We offer courses ranging from the novice to the advanced and teach rope techniques for efficiency on long and short routes. Get out of the Gym.

We are the only climbing school that teaches lead climbing by actually letting the students lead in a safe environment. We are the only outfitter that is permitted to guide in the George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We instruct on the only multi-pitch climbing areas in Virginia.  The Goat Path at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia is a great 300’ climb that allows you to get a feel of multi-pitch climbing on a low angle slab.  This climb is one of the more than 26 developed cliffs, on Wintergreen Resort’s Nature Preserve that will challenge nearly any ability level.

For those looking for more challenge, the imposing 200’ Love Gap, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers more challenging multi-pitch climbing.  These locations see little traffic, so the only eyes on you will be that of your group and the several Hawks and Turkey Vultures that will be gliding at your eye level. OWLS Climbing Program and School is simply Virginia’s largest, safest, and most comprehensive rock climbing program, period!

Southwest Montana’s only USFS permitted program through Montana Alpine Guides. Our permitted and private climb sites rival both Seneca Rocks and Joshua Tree. On all of our courses you will learn safety, technique, equipment and gear identification, belaying, rappelling, basic knots, meteorology, and other various skills.
Call Today! 406-920-2808

Rock Climbing Areas in Southwest Virginia

Triangle Sportsman’s Club
PO Box 768
Bluefield, VA 24605

Triangle Sportsmen’s Club Inc. is located in Tazewell Co, VA 4.6 miles west of Bluefield VA on Rt 460. Triangle has been in operation since 1939 starting at the current location of the Bluefield City Park. It relocated to its current location in 1950 and sits on 114 acres adjoining the Pounding Mill Quarry. Our dues, effective January 1, 2013, will be $50.00 per year. First time members must pay $85.00. The extra $35.00 covers membership in the National Rifle Association which is a requirement of membership in TSC.

Kettlefoot Rod and Gun Club
21011 Potter Rd
Bristol, VA 24202
(276) 466-6521

Kettlefoot offers individual memberships in groups of 5 for one Initiation Fee.  Which means, instead of each person paying $285 ($185 for 1 year dues plus $100 (initiation fee), a group of 5 could submit applications at the same time under the umbrella of the school pay only one initation fee of $100 between them.