The following localities and communities are within the High Knob Anchor Area
Locality: Wise Cities/Communities: Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, Wise, St. Paul
Locality: Scott Cities/Communities: Clinchport, Duffield, Dunganon, Gate City, Hiltons, Nickelsville, Weber City
Locality: Lee Cities/Communities Jonesville, Pennington Gap, St. Charles
High Knob, located near Norton, is the peak of Stone Mountain that forms part of the border between Scott and Wise Counties. Located on the western range of the Appalachian Mountains, it is one of the widest singular mountains in the southern Appalachians, measuring 13 miles wide and more than 26 miles long.
The original High Knob Observation Tower, at an elevation of 4,223 feet, was originally built in 1930s but burned down in the 70s. Another tire was erected in 1978 but it to burned in 2007. In 2014 a new, fire-proof tower was built, showcasing a phenomenal view that allows visitors to see five states on a clear day.
The High Knob area of Stone Mountain forms one of the greatest natural areas in the eastern United States. Its calcareous heart has been breached by erosion, exposing an ecologically renowned karst landscape which stretches from the Powell Valley area of Wise County, southwest across the Powell River Valley of Lee County to the Norris Lake of Tennessee. Drainage from High Knob has also formed hydrologically complex conduit systems which led to formation of the magnificent Natural Tunnel.