Appalachian Spring Appalachian Spring

Appalachian Spring

Sports & RecreationNonprofit OrganizationCommunity Organization

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The Southwest Virginia region encompasses the Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe.
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation One Heartwood Circle Abingdon VA 24210
(276) 492-2412
http://www.myswva.org/outdoors
https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSWVA/

Company Overview

Appalachian Spring is a partnership of community and regional development, tourism, environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation, and entrepreneurial assistance stakeholders to develop and promote Southwest Virginia as a world class destination of natural and recreational assets for visitation and enjoyment.

Description

Appalachian Spring is a partnership of community and regional development, tourism, environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation, and entrepreneurial assistance stakeholders to develop and promote Southwest Virginia as a world class destination of natural and recreational assets for visitation and enjoyment.

By focusing attention on these unique assets, we seek to provide economic opportunities and a high quality of life for our communities.

The initiative has two overarching objectives:
- Connecting major natural/recreational anchor areas to surrounding communities, and to each other, to create an aggregation of world class assets to establish Southwest Virginia as a national outdoor recreation destination.
- Developing an outdoor recreation industry in Southwest Virginia and its communities.

Anchor recreation destinations serve as focal points for the region's recreation:
- The Appalachian Trail: a 2,000 mile hiking trail, one of the two most celebrated hiking trails in the world, with its greatest mileage in Virginia.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway: America's Favorite Drive and the most visited national park in the United States with unbelievable views, wineries and musical communities.
- Breaks Interstate Park: "the Grand Canyon of the South," with 4600 acres in Virginia and Kentucky and world class whitewater and over 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and birdwatching.
- The Clinch River: One of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the United States, with nationally significant geological landmarks and a burgeoning 60 mile waterway.
- The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail: America's first frontier and gateway to western migration. The 300,000 who traveled through Cumberland Gap founded communities in Kentucky, Missouri, the Midwest and beyond.
- High Knob Recreation Area: one of the largest land masses in the US, with magnificent multi state views from its observation tower, horse trails and incredible hiking and water sports.
- The Mount Rogers Recreation Area: 200,000 acres of populated wilderness with 11 campgrounds and over 500 miles of trails. It is the home of the two highest mountains in Virginia, Mount Rogers and Whitetop.
- The New River: the second oldest river in the world with magnificent water sports and fishing opportunities and a 57 mile biking trail.

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