Russell County lies in the heart of Southwest Virginia and is home to an abundance of outdoor recreational areas, historic sites and local culture.

Outdoor enthusiasts and recreation novices will find two distinct nature sites - Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve and The Channels Natural Area Preserve. Along with two Wildlife Management Areas - Clinch Mountain WMA and Hidden Valley WMA, each with their own mountain lakes. Three main waterways flow through the county - Clinch River, Big Cedar Creek, and the Little River. These outdoor areas provide users with a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, camping, ATV riding, bird watching, plant and animal viewing, and much more.

Beyond the bounty of outdoor recreation, visitors will discover the authentic culture of Southwest Virginia in Russell County. Join our community in celebration at our festivals and award-winning County Fair and Horse Show. Discover our agrarian, mining, and railroading history at our museums and historic sites. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region along our country roads and highways. 


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