The place is also where a lot of cool towns have been built. One of the nicest is Damascus, Virginia, often referred to as "the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail". It deserves the title, in my experience.
There is so much to do and see in this compact vicinity that even though Carole and I have been visiting it extensively for years, we feel that we've barely scratched the surface.
|Backbone Rock, just across the Tennessee line near Damascus. Often called the world's shortest tunnel.|
|Just below the summit of Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia.|
|Typical scenery in southwest Virginia.|
|Wetlands at Beartree Recreation Area.|
|Waterfall along one of the highways near Damascus.|
|As I was crouched on a rock to take the waterfall photo, I looked down to see this fellow slithering under me.|