Sam Gleaves

I just stumbled on this singer/songwriter from Virginia. Have a listen…

Sadly, his website is down right now. But you can find him on Facebook and YouTube…

Pocahontas, Virginia – Between Two Hills

I really like what Dan Traveling puts out on video. His travel shorts are just enough to whet your appetite for a visit on your own while his documentaries give you in depth looks at parts of the country you would probably miss.

Here is a video from last year he did about the history of  Pocahontas, Virginia.

Pocahontas is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, named for the Algonquian Native American princess Pocahontas. The population was 441 at the 2000 census… Pocahontas was the location of the start of this region’s coal boom with a spur line that launched the Norfolk and Western Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) into national prominence during the 1880s. The large two-state coal region bears the town’s name. Pocahontas was also the birthplace of jazz pianist Teddy Weatherford.

via Pocahontas, Virginia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Top 5 places to see fall foliage – WDBJ 7

There’s nothing quite like autumn in southwest and central Virginia. As the colors unfold across the region, we wanted to know where you like to go and catch the fall foliage. Here are the top answers along with a few more extras you suggested.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

You can tell the leaf-peepers from the rest of those traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are the ones going 10 miles below the speed limit and stopping off at every overlook to catch a better glimpse. Why not? That’s what the stretch of highway is for.

No two trips are the same. Whether you’re going to the Peaks of Otter or Mabry Mill, the most photographed landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll always find colorful foliage and perhaps even bear or deer along the way.

via Top 5 places to see fall foliage – wdbj7.com.

The rest of the list:

  • ROUTE 311 (Catawba to Paint Bank)
  • ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS (Route 39)
  • ROUTE 221 (Bent Mountain to Floyd)
  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE

More of the states favorites are:

  • Mill Mountain and the former Explore Park
  • Interstate 77 between the two tunnels heading towards Bluefield
  • Lock Haven Lake Club
  • Alleghany Springs Road, from Check to Shawsville
  • Carvins Cove
  • Burkes Garden, Virginia
  • New River Trail State Park
  • Route 51 from Wytheville to Big Walker Mountain
  • Skyline Drive
  • Route 220 north from Fincastle to Iron Gate