Appalachian Spring

Appalachian Spring is a partnership of community and regional development, tourism, environmental stewardship, outdoor recreation, and entrepreneurial assistance stakeholders to develop and promote Southwest Virginia as a world class destination of natural and recreational assets for visitation and enjoyment.

By focusing attention on these unique assets, we seek to provide economic opportunities and a high quality of life for our communities.

The initiative has two overarching objectives:

  • Connecting major natural/recreational anchor areas to surrounding communities, and to each other, to create an aggregation of world class assets to establish Southwest Virginia as a national outdoor recreation destination.
  • Developing an outdoor recreation industry in Southwest Virginia and its communities.

Anchor recreation destinations serve as focal points for the region’s recreation:

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail, Breaks Interstate Park, High Knob Recreation Area, The Clinch River, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, The Appalachian Trail, The New River, and The Blue Ridge Parkway.