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High Knob observation tower

The City of Norton and its neighboring communities boast an array of cultural, historical, and natural attractions.
See below for a few suggested highlights. 
Pictured above is High Knob Observation Tower in Wise County.

NATURE LOCATION
High Knob Observation Tower Wise County
Powell Valley Overlook Norton 
Flag Rock Recreation Area Norton
High Knob Recreation Area Wise County 
CULTURE LOCATION 
Country Cabin II Norton
Trail of the Lonesome Pine State Outdoor Drama Big Stone Gap 
Lays Hardware Coeburn 
MountainRose Vineyard Wise 
Ralph Stanley Museum Clintwood 
HISTORY LOCATION
Norton Cannon Norton 
Norton Historical Marker Norton 
Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum Big Stone Gap 
John Fox Jr. Museum Big Stone Gap 
Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park Big Stone Gap

Several other local and regional efforts also offer various attractions, events, and activities. See links below for more details on these initiatives. 
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Local Explorations: For more tourism opportunities in Wise County and Norton, check out our local Chamber of Commerce.
Regional Explorations: Information about additional regional tourism opportunities can be found by visiting Heart of Appalachia. Be sure to watch the "Heart of Appalachia" music video and theme song.
Regional Art: Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s artisan gateway, is a world-class showcase destination for those who cherish traditional music, original crafts, and locally grown and prepared upscale cuisine. Located in picturesque Abingdon, Va., just off Interstate 81 at Exit 14, Heartwood is only about an hour's drive from downtown Norton.
Local/Regional Music Scene: If you enjoy music, you will certainly enjoy Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail - The Crooked Road. The Crooked Road is a driving route through the Appalachian Mountains from the western slopes of the Blue Ridge to the Coalfields region of the state connecting major heritage music venues in our region. Wise County and Norton are home to one major venue on The Crooked Road, Country Cabin II in Norton, and several other affiliate venues, which can be found here. The Ralph Stanley Museum in neighboring Dickenson County is also a major venue along The Crooked Road. The City of Norton is a proud sponsor of this initiative.
Regional Trails Initiative: If your interest is adventure tourism, you may want to learn more about the Spearhead Trails initiative. The project is a collaborative initiative between the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise as well as the City of Norton and is coordinated under the guidance of the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (SRRA). The initiative has already produced several all-terrain vehicle trail systems across several communities, with more trails being planned for ATV riders, as well as hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists. The City of Norton is a proud sponsor of this initiative.


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