The Guest River Gorge is one of Wise County’s natural wonders. The Guest River plunges through a canyon carved through Stone Mountain as it flows to join the Clinch River. Rails to trails project that follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River, a Virginia Scenic River. Trout fishing is permitted in the river, as well as kayacking and canoeing.
During the early 1900′s when timber and coal were being hauled out of the remote areas of Dickenson County, this passage was used as a rail line.
The history of the Gorge shows that millions of years ago the Guest River eroded a passage through Stone Mountain on its way to join the Clinch River. Cutting through massive rock, it opened a deep rock corridor that is a scenic wonder. Many other curiosities exist along the six mile trail, including an old railroad tunnel, bridges using the remaining railroad trestles, waterfalls and rock outcroppings.
Located in Wise on Wise Mountain road
Stocked with Trout.
There is also Bass, Carp, Catfish, and Bluegill
There is a shelter with tables and bathrooms are available
Children’s Day is held once a year-Fishing, food, and prizes are given.
This lake is stocked with Trout
$10,000.00 tagged “Benge” fish contest each year
If you would like to read more about the story of Doc Taylor, “The Red Fox of the Cumberland” and the Massacre of Pound Gap, you will find it in Charles A. Johnson’s book,WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA. You will find it in the Bookstore on this site or visit Wise County Historical Society Office and Bookstore at the Courthouse in Wise.
Killing Rock In Pound, VA
Hiking the trail
Taking A Breather
Railroad Station Site
Shortcuts up the Mountain
Drinking from the Stream
Site of Ambush
Pausing for Thought
Appalachia: Food, Churches, Schools, Shops.
Roaring Branch: Near Appalachia, VA
Bee Rock Tunnel-Worlds second shortest railroad tunnell beside the beautiful Powell River
Coal/Railroad Days-August (event)
Lewis E. Henegar Miners Memorial park: Callahan Avenue in Appalachia – Open Park with old mining machinery
The Peake Building: Main Street, Appalachia, VA (Guinness Book of Records)
BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA
Food, Motels, Churches, Schools
ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA
Saint Paul-Food, Churches, Schools, Shopping
Norton: Hotels, Food, Churches, Schools, Shops, Hospitals
Each Year in October, HOME CRAFT’S DAY is held at Mountain Empire Community College where people can bring their crafts to show and sell.
There is Apple butter making, Corn grinding, Wood work of many kinds, and various crafts where people show their magnificent handiwork of the mountains. Lots of Vendors, Music, Food and Fun.
Highway near MECC
Fannie Steele & Nina Mullins
Nina Mullins & Wanda Rose
Ganell Marshall and her corn-shuck dolls