LEE COUNTY ATTRACTIONS
White Rocks, Rose Hill
Must See! The White Rocks have long been one of the most beautifully noted places in Lee County. It has been photographed several thousand times and remains as a beacon of home for the locals. Very few driving views will compare with these three miles of absolute splendor! This photo opt is one worth the drive. Be sure to stop and take a moment, you will be glad you did. It is beautiful year round, so please visit again soon! Would you like to stand on top of the White Rocks? The trail begins at Thomas Walker Civic Park.
Lake Keokee, Keokee
Lake Keokee Loop is a 3.7 mile trail that loops around a 92 acre lake. The area is used for hiking, fishing, and wildlife observation. The facility has a paved launch ramp, picnic areas, and hiking trails. The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
Sand Caves, Ewing
Tucked away in the Cumberland Gap National Park, hikers and horseback riders will discover a ceiling of gold, red and green, eroded rock forms and photo ops to cherish. Access to this gem of a find is through Thomas Walker Civic Park in Ewing, Virginia. A 3.9 mile hike brings the visitor to the entrance of this natural wonder. Continuing along this trail, leads to White Rocks (5.2 miles) where hikers and equestrians can view three states, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee from the lookout atop the formation. It will not be a view soon forgotten! Yes, horses are welcome on this trail and there is ample trailer parking at the trailhead.
Cumberland Gap National Park
The first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers moving west.
Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail beginning in Southwest Virginia through Cumberland Gap known as the Wilderness Road. It became the route westward for pioneers who travelled west through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Both the North and the South vied for control of the Cumberland Gap during the Civil war.
Today the park consists of approximately 20,000 acres and 70 miles of hiking trails. There are numerous scenic and historic features in the park and ranger led programs are offered throughout the year including tours of Gap Cave and the historic Hensley Settlement.
Coal Miners Memorial, St. Charles
Heritage and hard work is what has made Lee County what it is today. The simplicity of this memorial perfectly depicts the simplicity of our coal heritage, the hard working men, women and children from Lee County that worked the mines in Central Appalachia. It remembers those that were lost providing for their families. These should be remembered, always!
Cooney Hollow Swinging Bridge, Jonesville
Enjoy our swinging bridges! Lee County is home to twelve swinging bridges! The original purpose for these bridges was to provide access to pedestrians when the water was too high to drive across. These are maintained but if they are ever destroyed will not be rebuilt. Enjoy them while we have them!
Monte Vista Golf Club
The most friendly and affordable place to play golf!
Golf Course Rd, Ewing, VA 24248
Built in 1978-79, Monte Vista began as a dream in the heart of George S. "Nig" Engle, to provide a place that anybody, regardless of background or means could play golf and enjoy themselves, and today his family is still seeing his dream live on. We are still owned and operated by his son in law and daughter- Ralph and Denise Young, Grandson- (George) Daniel Carmack and widow- Etta-Lou Engle Talley.A family owned and operated golf course, Monte Vista is the most friendly and affordable place to play golf in the Tri-State area! Located along the
beautiful Cumberland Mountains, you will find yourself playing on some of the most beautiful 9 holes, any course offers. A par 36 course, Monte Vista is the perfect place to enjoy a day of golf and fun for those just learning to play and also for those who call themselves "Tiger Woods". We are open to the public and offer a pro-shop, driving range and memberships for those who enjoy playing more than the average golfer. We are just 5 miles from the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Gibson Station VA. A short drive from both Middlesboro, Kentucky and Harrogate TN, come up and see why we are the perfect place to play with an affordable price!
Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing
Wilderness Road State Park
8051 Wilderness Road
Ewing, VA 24248
Public info: 276-445-3065
Wilderness Road State Park offers visitors picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. The park visitor center is home to a state of the art theater featuring an award winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation”. The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop with unique regional gifts.
The park features the reconstructed Martin’s Station Fort, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on Virginia’s 1775 frontier. Guests also enjoy the park’s 3 picnic shelters, 100-seat amphitheater, nature play-scape, ADA certified playground, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. The 1870’s era Karlan Mansion is a picturesque location for weddings, family reunions or meetings. It has a solarium that’s perfect for showers, birthdays and other special functions. The park’s visitor center theater and amphitheater are also available for rent. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride on the 8.9 mile Wilderness Trail linking the state park with the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park campground, and more than 50 miles of national park trails. The park is located 5 miles west of Ewing, and 8 miles east of the Tennessee & Kentucky state lines on U.S. Route 58.
The park hosts several special events throughout the year. For a full list of programs and events visit: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org
Lee Theatre, Pennington Gap
The Lee Theatre is a newly renovated 1930s theatre. It encompasses a wide variety of entertainment ranging from local productions to regional entertainment. Choose any of the over 500 seats, because the sound is flawless! This beautiful and unique venue can also be reserved for weddings! Call 276-546-4000 for upcoming show and ticket information or visit them on the web at www.leetheatre.org.
Annual Special Events
April: Easter at Karlan
May: Raid at Martin’s Station
August: Customer Appreciation and Back to School Bash
October: Wilderness Road Heritage Festival & Martin’s Station
Fall Encampment, Pumpkins in the Park
Tobacco Festival is an annual event held on the 4th Saturday
December: A Frontier Christmas
Christmas at Karlan Mansion
Leeman Field Park, Pennington Gap
113 Leeman Park Circle
276-546-1177 or the pool at 276-546-0270
Leeman Field was the largest enclosed baseball field in the United States for many years after its construction in 1933. The ball field encompassed 15 acres with high board fence and sheltered hundreds of fans in the wooden grand stand. Facilities at the 33 acre park now include: swimming pool, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, sports fields, horse show ring, amphitheater, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball pit, and hosts the annual County fair. It is also the gateway to the ATV trail, and the home a new visitors center, RV Park, ATV drag-way and to a newly constructed Greenway walking trail.
Cowan Mill, Ewing
Beautiful and authentic gristmill built in 1890 and used by locals to grind their grain into meal. This is private property and suggested only as an opportunity to take a memorable and beautiful photo. Please respect the property and the friendly neighborhood. The is one of the most photographed places in Lee County.
Collier Mill/Duck Pond, Jonesville
The former millhouse is located on route 642 in Long Hollow Road. It is currently known for its beautiful restoration and friendly ducks. The working parts of this early 1900s mill were salvaged in 1984 by the current owners of the mill and rebuild the wheel and now pump water from the creek to operate it. This is a great place for a quiet picnic, where the children can feed the ducks.
Cave Springs Recreation Area
Cave Springs Recreation Area is located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The facility has camping, picnic areas, small pond and beach area for swimming. Visitors favorite activity is hiking the loop trail to a breathtaking overlook to a historic cave.
Cave Springs is Currently Closed
Veterans Wall at Cumberland Bowl Park, Jonesville
A Civilian Conservation Corps Camp during the Great Depression, the park was deeded to the Town of Jonesville in 1942. Facilities at the 23 acre park include: picnic pavilions, walking trails, playground, amphitheater, and sports fields. Perhaps one of its greatest assets to the park is the “Veteran Memorial Wall” Soldiers names appear on the bricks of the wall honoring their service to Armed Forces of the United State of America. It is a perfect place to sit and reflect on the sacrifice that has been given for our freedom.
Powell Mountain Overlook
This overlook has a spectacular view of Powell Valley and surrounding mountains. Stop and sit awhile! Another great photo opportunity!
Axe Handle Distilling
A family distillery in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
42236 Wilderness Rd Pennington Gap, VA 24277
For Information visit our website
Stone Mountain ATV Trail
The Stone Mountain system will offer 30 miles of challenging intermediate to advanced level OHV trails with nine stunning overlook vistas never before offered to the public. Many of the overlooks have rest areas and picnic tables for outdoor dining with unmatched views.
Considered to be a “technical trail,” Stone Mountain is a “Blue and Black” rated system that will appeal to intermediate riders with families, but also offers challenges for the hard-core enthusiast. The system offers easy to moderate climbs with loops, allowing riders to branch off and test their skills on steep technical challenges.
Want to improve your skills, or challenge your skills? Stone Mountain is the trail for both!
NOTE: Pennington Gap is an OHV friendly town from sunup to sundown with a Spearhead trail permit, helmets required, and on marked streets from the campground onto N. Kentucky St. to Morgan Ave. East and West and Doris Ave For a copy of the trail map CLICK HERE!
Need a permit?
Permits are required to access any of the Spearhead Trails system. Try us out and get a Day Pass or an Annual Permit and have access to all of the Spearhead Trails year-round!*
Permits are available at local retailers. Please remember that shopping local helps keep our economy strong, creates jobs and helps us build more trails. Call 276-546-4000 for a list of permit vendors in Pennington Gap or CLICK HERE to order an annual permit!
Johnson's Fishing Pond
Looking for a great place to the spend the day? Johnson's Fishing Pond is locally owned and operated and offers a great fishing experience for all. It is stocked with Bluegill, Bass and Catfish and is a catch and release pond. They offer fishing and camping in a safe and family friendly environment!
Location: Hubbard Springs Road, Jonesville VA
Phone: (276) 870-9989
Fishing is $5 per adult. Children under 10 fish free with paying adult. Tent or RV camping is $15 per night.
RV camping spot with hook-up for $20, reservation is suggested as space is limited.
Cedar Hill Country Club
Located in Jonesville, VA Cedar Hill is an 18-hole public/private golf course with practice facilities, tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Location: 1100 Shannon Evans Road, Jonesville VA
Phone: (276) 346-1535
Memberships are available
For more information visit the website
Rock Bottom Horse Camp
A Campground for Equestrian Campers
RV & Tent Campers Too!
Rock Bottom Horse Camp is located in Ewing, Virginia at the east end of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Park trails are a short ride from the campground and offer views of the White Rocks, Sand Cave and Hensley Settlement.
The park offers 70+ miles of backcountry riding with three equestrian style campsites and over 85 miles of hiking trails.
Enjoy the stunning views of the White rocks of
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park