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Clinch River Artisan Trail

Cultural District
Historic Crab Orchard Museum – State of Virginia Tourism

ADA Acessibility Notes

Most of the shops on the trail are ADA accessible.

Flowing through the rolling hills of Tazewell County into the green pastures of Russell County, the Clinch River is one of the world's most biologically diverse waterways .The Nature Conservancy declared the Clinch River Basin to be one of only twenty “Last Great Places” in the world (1990.)

Traveling the Clinch River watershed with bring visitors through ancient mountain passes and rich river valleys. This landscape of river and surrounding mountains feeds the imagination of artists and artisans, storytellers and musicians. It's easy to see why so many artists find inspiration here. You'll find outdoor murals and artistic expressive brick sculpture walls that depict coal mining and the storytelling traditions of “Jack Tales.”

The Clinch River Artisan Trail is a driving tour taking a visitor through history, culture, and the traditions of rural Appalachia.

History of Area

The Wilderness Road brought early European settlers through this area to the rich farmlands on Kentucky. When you visit the Clinch River Artisan Trail, you will retrace the footsteps of pioneers from the late 1700’s through museum re-enactments. Move your feet to traditional mountain tunes at one of our many festivals. Discover finely carved wood creations, delicately sewn quilts, and brightly colored wool handspun on spinning wheels passed down through generations.

How to Get There

Located in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, the trail begins in hills of Tazewell County, VA and finishes in the farmlands of Russell County, VA.