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THE CLEVELAND BARRENS NATURAL AREA PRESERVE NEW PARKING LOT
THE CLEVELAND RIVERBEND CAMPGROUND
The Clinch River is the crown of the mountain empire flowing southwestward from its origin near the town of Tazewell, the Clinch travels some 135 miles, reaching portions of Tazewell, Russell, Wise, and Scott counties on its way to the Tennessee state line. In a cast of Virginia rivers that portray history and natural wealth, the Clinch has a story and a character all its own.
The Clinch supports a unique assemblage of aquatic life. The river is home to about 50 species of mussels, which is more than any other river in the world and over 100 species are non-game fish - minnows and darters that sport brilliant colors and play a vital role in the survival of other fish and mussel species. But, the variety of sport fish is what makes the Clinch a great destination for anglers.
The Tank Hollows Falls are approximately 60' tall and are on the very edge of town. The Town received a grant from V-DCR which was used to construct a new ADA accessible parking lot with easy walking path to the Falls. Also, a new 3 mile hiking trail to the Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserve is now complete. Please contact the Town Hall for more information or if you have any trouble finding the falls. You won't be disappointed!
The Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserve in southwestern Virginia contains a series of significant dolomite barrens, thirteen rare plant species, and three rare insect species. The preserves 1288 acres lie within the Clinch River Valley, one of the top six biodiversity hot spots in the United States. Now open 3 mile hiking trail!!
One of the most unique features of the preserve is a globally rare community type known as dolomite barrens. Four significant barrens occur on steep southwest-facing slopes. These unusual openings in the surrounding forest canopy are characterized by thin, rocky soils and dominated by native warm season grasses such as Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), and little bluestem (Schizochyrium scoparium).
The Cleveland campground will be the first campground offered in Russell County. After completion, the campground will offer both primitive and RV camping access along the banks of the Clinch River where the old elementary school once stood. In addition to river access, campers will be welcomed with optional access to water and electric hookups for your camping comforts. Finally, visitors will be able to take a short hike to our new 150' swinging bridge, spanning the Clinch, to connect to our downtown. Come and enjoy all that Cleveland on the Clinch has to offer. These amenities should be complete by the end of 2017. The campground will be located on Artrip Road.