The following localities and communities are within Breaks Anchor Area
Locality: Buchanan Cities/Communities: Grundy, Hurley
Locality: Dickenson Cities/Communities: Clinchco, Clintwood, Haysi
Locality: Wise Cities/Communities: Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, Wise, St. Paul
Some of the most rugged terrain in Virginia can be found at Breaks, called “The Grand Canyon of the East” for the way the Russell Fork River tore through a mountain to create a spectacular five-mile gorge. Sheer walls of rock drop spectacularly to the rushing waters below. Visit the quiet green beauty of Garden Hole, where the river runs smooth and the fish are waiting to be caught.
More than 25 miles of hiking trails lace the park and you can choose to stay in the inn, in a campground or in newly built luxury cabins.
Spend your day enjoying the outdoors – hiking, biking, birding, geocaching, fishing, whitewater rafting, floating or swimming.
Breaks is in the middle of Southwest Virginia's coal country. Upstream is the John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir, with whitewater rafting opportunities along the Russell Fork River especially during dam releases in October. Pine Mountain Trail connects the Kentucky side of Breaks south to Birch Knob, where an observation tower provides a bracing climb and spectacular five-state view, and then along the state border to Pound Gap.