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show your love for the high knob region

Welcome to the High Knob Region! The region is named for High Knob, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains. The 4,200-foot High Knob summit is part of Stone Mountain which, at 13 miles wide and 26 miles long, connects many of the communities and recreation sites across the region. The High Knob Region includes nine Southwest Virginia communities in Wise, Scott, and Lee counties and the City of Norton.

Home to three state parks, the more than 90,000-acre Clinch Ranger District on the Jefferson National Forest, and other community parks and trails, the region boasts a variety of outdoor adventures, from hiking, cycling (road, gravel, and mountain) and camping to paddling, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

The High Knob Region is also part of a global epicenter for biological diversity in the central Appalachians, with a variety of wildlife and plant species calling the region home. 

As you explore the area, please do your part and recreate responsibly to protect the environment and recreation sites. Below are some tips for how you can do your part to ensure the sustainability of the outdoor recreation economy in the High Knob Region.

All information below was created through the Growing Smart on High Knob campaign, which is led by the University of Virginia's College at Wise and made possible with funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.


More tips for how to enjoy High Knob responsibly can be found at and by following Growing Smart on Facebook (@growingsmarthk) and Instagram (@growingsmarthk). 

Hike Responsibly
Boulder Responsibly
Paddle Responsibly

so you want to develop...

Check out the below fact sheets to learn about smart practices for developing a variety of outdoor recreation sites, trails, and infrastructure. 

Meet Your Neighbors

Check out the below fact sheets to learn about the High Knob Region's ecosystems and tips for how you can help sustain these habitats while recreating or creating recreational sites, trails, and infrastructure. 

respect your neighbors

Check out the below fact sheet to learn some simple ways you can help keep the High Knob Region's trails and communities beautiful for everyone. 

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