Scenic Southwest Virginia boasts a vibrant culture that is bursting with a robust music heritage, outdoor adventure, arts and culture, spectacular scenery, and rich natural resources.
Southwest Virginia is where music was born and continues to thrive. With nine major music venues, including the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, more than 60 affiliated venues and festivals, and over 25 wayside exhibits the sounds of country music beat strong and pure here and it’s all connected by The Crooked Road.
Cultural exhibits and arts are as interwoven in Southwest Virginia’s heritage as are the mountains that surround the region. When it comes to tradition-rich venues, there is none more celebrated than the iconic Barter Theatre in Abingdon. The longest-running professional theatre in the nation, Barter opened in 1933 during the Great Depression and is the official state theater of Virginia.
Southwest Virginia showcases its natural outdoor beauty through the Appalachian Mountains, one of the oldest ranges in the world, and the most biodiverse rivers in the world and infinite opportunities for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re into biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching,
horseback riding, water sports or rock climbing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.