Southwest Virginia has long been an escape for outdoor pursuits. Scenic mountains and small-town charm have traditionally brought people to this corner of the state for things like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing. But now those who like a little more power in their outdoor activities are in for a treat as the region has created a number of off-road ATV trails to create a new way to enjoy the area.
Driving through Southwest Virginia, you’re struck by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. You can see why anyone would want to make this part of the country home. But in reality, what drew many of the people to this region was actually located below the mountains: Coal was driving force of development for much of the 20th Century.