Flowing through the rolling hills of Tazewell County into the green pastures of Russell County, the Clinch River is one of the world's most biologically diverse waterways .The Nature Conservancy declared the Clinch River Basin to be one of only twenty “Last Great Places” in the world (1990.)
Traveling the Clinch River watershed with bring visitors through ancient mountain passes and rich river valleys. This landscape of river and surrounding mountains feeds the imagination of artists and artisans, storytellers and musicians. It's easy to see why so many artists find inspiration here. You'll find outdoor murals and artistic expressive brick sculpture walls that depict coal mining and the storytelling traditions of “Jack Tales.”
The Clinch River Artisan Trail is a driving tour taking a visitor through history, culture, and the traditions of rural Appalachia.