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Tomahawk

Backroads of the Cumberlands

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This route can start out in the City of Norton, VA, Coeburn, or the Town of Dungannon and can end in each depending on what you like to do and when you need to drop into one of the many restaurants just off of High Knob into one of these towns.  This route is mainly on USDA Forest roads that are a combination of gravel with some asphalt and some dirt roads.  You can stop for short hikes and Little Stoney Falls, Guest River Gorge, get your pictures at Flag Rock with the Woodbooger or got the High Knob Tower to see a panorama from the highest point in the Cumberland. Look for lots of options for other explorations, but some of the USDA Forest roads near these routes will close in winter months and at other times for wildlife management.  On this route you can also jump onto the Chief Benge Trail and other trails plentiful in the region along this route.  Make sure to check out the many historic monument you will find along your way.

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Routes

Around the Clinch:  Best to begin this route in beautiful Gate City, Virginia.  This route takes you along the Clinch River along both paved and gravel roads into Tennessee to Kyles Ford.  You will see waterfalls, swinging bridges and beautiful farmland mingled with karst features.  You will have time to check out the Daniel Boone Center in Duffield if you like or go to Natural Tunnel State Park.  One of the prettiest views of Southwest Virginia is located on mountain top in Tennessee of the beautiful Clinch River.

Thunderstruck:  Beginning and ending in the picturesque mountain town of Big Stone Gap, VA you can visit the Museum of Southwest, Coal Museum or attending the Outdoor Drama, “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” during the summer months.  Your journey begins heading toward Norton for a quick stop at the Powell Valley Overlook then you descend back toward the Valley eventually making your way to Big Cherry and lots of dirt and gravel roads around High Knob with beautiful overlooks, forest full of wildlife and flowers.  Lots of opportunities for short hikes or longer hikes like the famous Devils Bathtub.

Tomahawk:  This route can start out in the City of Norton, VA, Coeburn, or the Town of Dungannon and can end in each depending on what you like to do and when you need to drop into one of the many restaurants just off of High Knob into one of these towns.  This route is mainly on USDA Forest roads that are a combination of gravel with some asphalt and some dirt roads.  You can stop for short hikes and Little Stoney Falls, Guest River Gorge, get your pictures at Flag Rock with the Woodbooger or got the High Knob Tower to see a panorama from the highest point in the Cumberland. Look for lots of options for other explorations, but some of the USDA Forest roads near these routes will close in winter months and at other times for wildlife management.  On this route you can also jump onto the Chief Benge Trail and other trails plentiful in the region along this route.  Make sure to check out the many historic monument you will find along your way.

Big Moccasin:  This route can begin in Weber City or the quaint town of Nicklesville. This route takes you around Copper Creek and Big Moccasin.  You can hike to the Mendota Fire Tower and see some of the prettiest farmland mixed with wooded knobs, and beautiful river valleys.  This route is a combination of lots of gravel with section of pavement.  Great wildflowers viewing and bird viewing along this route.  Riders should be cautious around low water bridges during heavy rains.