Virginia May 23, 2017
The Small Town In Virginia You’ve Never Heard Of But Will Fall In Love With
Small towns are arguably the most beloved aspect of Virginia. They add character, charm, and natural beauty to every corner of our state. There are so many of these hidden gems that often fly under the radar, and the town of Gate City is a prime example. Tucked away near Clinch Mountain is a town of just over 2,000 with plenty to offer. Often noted as the gateway to southwestern Virginia, Gate City is steeped in history and natural beauty. Here’s more on the small town you just may fall in love with:
The town of Gate City can be found in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia.
The town was officially incorporated in 1892 and was named "Gate City," for its proximity to Big Moccasin Gap, a symbolic gateway to the American West.
One of the tell-tale signs of a charming small town is often its ability to honor the past. Driving through the main stretch of Gate City, you'll see that little has changed in decades.
Gate City remains the seat of Scott County and is also part of the "Tri-Cities" region, along with the Tennessee towns of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport.
Natural beauty is an inherent part of life in this former pioneer town. The nearby Clinch Mountain provides a gorgeous vista and insight into the Appalachian landscape.
In fact, Gate City is located right along the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail, a historic trail that marks Daniel Boone's progress through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky.
This small town also places a lot of emphasis on music. Starting in June, free outdoor concerts are offered every Friday night.
While you're in town, be sure to grab some comfort food at the local Hob Nob Drive-In.
It's here you can order a soft-served ice cream cone that'll last you all weekend.
For another unique activity, visitors can interact with exotic animals at the Creation Kingdom Zoo.
So whether you're looking to explore the landscape...
...browse through some authentic antiques...
...or dance along to some some live mountain music...
...there's plenty to fall in love with in Gate City.
Have you visited this scenic town recently? Are you one of the lucky ones who calls Gate City home? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! For another nearby town that’s worth a visit, be sure to read about
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