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What’s VA Highlands Region Environment Like?
With the average elevation being over 2,000 feet, we have healthy air! The VA Highlands region is one of the greenest regions bordered by the Allegheny Mountains to the west and Blue Ridge (Holston Mountains) to the east.
The region offers an abundance of clean, spring water. South Holston Lake is a treasure to the area running from Abingdon to Bristol, TN. The 27 mile long lake is bordered by Jefferson National Forest & the Cherokee National Forest, which offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Year-round average temperature: 55.5F
Average precipitation: 41.08” of rain and 12” of snow
How does the VA Highlands Region Location Stack Up to Other Areas?
The region is strategically located within a day’s drive of about half of the United States population. It is only ~1 ½ hour drive to popular Asheville, NC and within a 6 hour drive to Charleston, SC and the surrounding South Carolina beaches. Travel is made easy to and from the area with easy access to a full-service commercial airport and a well connected interstate system.
What are Some of the Recreation Activities around the VA Highlands Region?
The areas landscape of mountains, streams, and lakes allow for many outdoor activities in the VA Highlands Region. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, horse back riding, boating, fishing, kayaking, or golfing you are sure to find an activity that fits your lifestyle in the local area.
VA Creeper Trail
County parks and national forests around South Holston Lake
Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, VA
Steele Creek Park in Bristol, TN
Golf Courses: The Tri-Cities area has more golf courses per capita than any other location in the U.S. with the Virginian Golf Club being rated the 3rd Best Private Course in America.
What are Shopping & Entertainment Options in the VA Highlands Region?
The VA Highlands Region is rich in arts and history, which brings many options for local shopping and entertainment for visitors and residents.
Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN
Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA
Heartwood Artisan Gateway
The Arts Depot
The William King Art Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music
The Falls Shopping Development in Bristol, VA
The Pinnacle Shopping Development in Bristol, TN
Downtown Abingdon and Downtown Bristol both offer numerous local shopping opportunities from antiques to unique home decor and clothing items.
Where are the VA Highlands Region Farmers Markets?
There are several farmers markets throughout the VA Highlands Region. A weekly trip to the farmers market is a stop on most of local residents’ lists during the peak growing season as it’s an opportunity to purchase the freshest vegetables, fruits, and meats while supporting local farmers.
Abingdon Farmers Market
State Street Farmers Market in Bristol
Glade Spring Farmers Market
Kingsport Farmers Market
Johnson City Farmers Market
What Colleges are in the VA Highlands Region?
Several colleges call the beautiful area of the VA Highlands their home. These colleges offer a variety of degree programs and courses.
Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA
Southwest VA Community College in Abingdon, VA-Offers classes for young adults as well as seniors.
King University in Bristol, TN
East TN State University in Johnson City, TN and a satellite campus in Bristol, TN
Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN with additional campus locations in Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport