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Dungannon is the gateway to the world-reknowned Clinch River and the hiking and scenery of High Knob. The Scott County Horse Park, on the outskirts of Dungannon, draws visitors to frequent shows and festivals while the Flanary Archaeological Site, on the other side of town, has evidence of Native American occupation dating back 8,000 years. Cyclists and motorists revel in views of the Clinch River, waterfalls, and historical buildings spanning over 200 years along the Dungannon and Clinch River Scenic Road Tour.
This small town (population 317) has a post office, bank, gas station, and a couple of retail stores --- just what you need to stock up for your river or mountain adventure. Dungannon is located in the northeastern tip of the county, along Rte 65 and Rte 72.
The town also has a long history. Originally known as Osborne's Ford, the town was settled by Scotch-Irish and English immigrants who traveled here from North Carolina in search of land. The settlers were largely self-sufficient until the twentieth century brought industrialization. Not only did this alter the way of life, but it changed the name of the community itself, from Osborne's Ford to Dungannon.
The coming of the railroad, timbering and coal mining created a "boom town" atmosphere until World War I. Though family farms continued to provide a subsistance for many, men began seeking "paying jobs" outside this rural community. By World War II, migration to urban centers became predominant. The migration of young people continues today.
A sandy terrace across the Clinch River from Dungannon was home to Native Americans 8,000 years ago. In 1977, an archaeological dig unearthed signs of a palisaded village that disappeared for unknown reasons around 1600 AD.
The Scott County Regional Horse Association is a non-profit organization that is working to promote and encourage the development of the horse industry in Scott County, Virginia and the surrounding region.
Whether you're looking for trophy smallmouth bass, tasty trout, or a leisurely lakeside fishing trip, Scott County has the spot for you.
This beautiful route winds for 24 scenic miles along country roads in the heart of Scott County. Cyclists and motorists will revel in views of the Clinch River, waterfalls, and historical buildings spanning over 200 years.
The Fincastle Turnpike was one of the routes settlers used to reach the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail as they traveled west across the mountains. Today, a driving tour follows this route to many of Scott County's most historic spots.
The Clinch River offers opportunities for hour long through full day paddling trips along what The Nature Conservancy calls the number one river worth protecting in the United States.
One of the oldest buildings in Scott County can still be seen just across the river from Dungannon, Virginia. The building marks the spot of Osborne's Ford, an early European settlement built on the site of an ancient Native American village.
North of the little Town of Dungannon, at the base of Stone Mountain is the beautiful Hunter's Valley.
One of Southwest Virginia's most wealthy and scholarly residents was an Irish Catholic who followed his uncle into Scott County and became a legendary land opportunist.
Gray's Island is one the largest islands on the Clinch River, within the area of Scott County.
The Guest River Gorge Trail is one of the area's easiest and most scenic hiking and biking trails and is the best way to explore a State Scenic River on foot.
This tranquil lakeside trail winds through cove woods, wetlands, and hemlock forests. Nearly level terrain makes for an easy walk with plenty of opportunities to see kingfishers, herons, and other lake wildlife.
This short but stunning hike gives you sweeping views across Little Stony Creek Gorge.
This trailhead provides quick and easy access to the majestic Little Stony Falls.
Little Stony Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail because of its majesty and ease of access. This longer trail to the falls is the path less traveled.
The Chief Benge Scout Trail is the jewel in the crown of Scott County's trail system through the National Forest, offering day hikes and multi-day backpacking opportunities.
Scott County is home to a variety of great events for the whole family. Here are some events that are happening in the near future. Read More
Points Of Interest
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- This tranquil lake attracts hikers, campers, paddlers, and birdwatchers.
- This short stretch of flat water is a good place for beginners to dabble in the Clinch without wo...
- Trailhead for the 24 mile Dungannon and Clinch River Scenic Road Tour. This route is known for i...
- Tennis Court, Basketball, Playground, Picnic Shelter, Swings
- Log Structure built circa 1830 that once housed the courthouse, post office, tavern and ferry cro...
- One of the area's easiest and most scenic hiking and biking trails, highlighting gorge geology, t...
- The remainder of this magnificent hall can be see on the Dungannon and Clinch River Scenic Road T...
- Walk 3 miles through lush cove hardwood forest and deep gorges to the stunning Little Stony Falls...
- The highest point in Scott County offers stunning views, the beginning of the lengthy Chief Benge...
- Campground, swimming beach, and rare plants and animals. This is also a trailhead of the Chief B...
- The section of river from Miller's Yard to Dungannon is perfect if you only have a half day to sp...
- Below this access point, the Clinch spreads out slow and flat, providing a very gentle float for ...
- Walking trails, tennis courts, picnic shelters, meeting room available for rental, tennis clinics...
- The SCRHA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the horse industry i...
Browse from the list below. Scott County proudly supports all of our local and surrounding businesses.
- Clinch River Health Services is a Community Health Center. The center offers an array of medical ...
- For something unusual and special visit Dungannon Thrift Store. Collectibles and more! Varity of ...
- 24 hour Volunteer Ambulance Service & Rescue Squad
- Gas, Snacks, Soft Drinks, etc.