Get Out, Get Active

The Clinch at StPaulThe Clinch River meanders through mountain communities of Southwest Virginia offering paddling from several communities and more than 100 miles of fishing opportunity—afloat, from a tree-lined bank, or midstream on a quiet morning.

Native species include the spotted bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and sauger. In fact, the Clinch and its tributaries are the sauger’s only Virginia waters. Others include the largemouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish, longear and bluegill sunfish, channel and flathead catfish, as well as musky, black crappie and freshwater drum.

The Clinch has taken on the moniker “Virginia’s hidden river.” It’s not as well known as the James and the New, but that’s a good thing for the savvy angler. The region is working to care for one of North America’s most biodiverse rivers, while showing it off. Outfitters are setting up in welcoming communities from Tazewell to Dungannon. And the friendly people here might just tip you off to their favorite place to fish.

Or take a hike. Use one of the Clinch River Valley’s Digital Trail Guides for a new experience.

And around here, we like a festival. Bring the family and time your trip to take advantage of one ofClinch River Days the many community celebrations along the Clinch. There are whole weekends full of events and a host of other outdoor activities to combine with your visit to make this a family getaway.

Visit heartofappalachia.com or call 276-762-0011 for more information

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