Welcome to Haysi, Virginia
Haysi, Virginia – surrounded by the scenic Appalachian Mountains with a clear view of the historic Cumberland Mountain range.
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The primary waterways of the county are the Russell Fork and McClure Rivers and Prater Creek flowing from the east. For those who wish to enjoy outdoor recreation, Haysi is a gateway to the Breaks Interstate Park and the John Flannagan Dam & Reservoir.
Haysi is a cozy country town offering a hometown atmosphere from the locally owned retail shops to the friendly hospitality of the local folks.
Trout fishing can be enjoyed in streams that are stocked regularly by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. John Flannagan Lake provides boating and fishing for the larger “catch” such as bass and catfish.
Haysi is a cozy country town offering a hometown atmosphere from the locally owned retail shops to the friendly hospitality of the local folks. The town takes pride in its culture and history which is partially depicted in the large colorful mural painted on the exterior wall of one of the town businesses. Haysi has a rich and distinct history of coal, lumber and railroad heritage. The town was established in the early 1900′s as a result of the coal mining industry and the construction of the Clinchfield Railroad. From Main Street you can experience the nostalgic sound of locomotive whistles as trains travel through the Breaks gorge on winding rails that pass between the mountain and Russell Fork River. These locomotives travel through several tunnels located in the area.
Recreational & Musical Entertainment
Several scenic and recreational trails lead from Haysi’s Main, including The Crooked Road: Virginia Heritage Music Trail, the Coal Heritage Trail and the Trans-American Bike Trail.
The first weekend of October Haysi hosts the Russell Fork Autumn Fest, a Crooked Road venue, where you will find the best in bluegrass and mountain music along with “old time flat footing” and cake walks. There is always plenty of food and crafts available. At Mountain Art Works, one of the destinations located along the Crooked Road on State Route 83, you can listen to bluegrass music performed weekly by some of the best local musicians.
The routes for the Trans American Bike Trail and the Coal Heritage Trail traverse along State Route 83 connecting with Haysi’s Main Street. Local folks can tell you about lesser known scenic trails where you can hike and relax. In fact you can go almost anywhere from Haysi.
The first week in August the Dickenson County Fair, a mountain top experience, is held at the Kiwanis Park above Haysi. The fair offers entertainment for the whole family – a variety of music, a horse show, senior and kid’s day, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts/agricultural exhibit and much more.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting is an annual event during the month of October. Avid kayakers and paddlers from across the United States and foreign countries visit Haysi to experience the Class 5 rapids of the Russell Fork River as they travel through the natural gorge of the Breaks Interstate Park known as “the Grand Canyon of the South.” Many white water enthusiasts consider the trip through the challenging rapids of the gorge comparable to what they have experienced on the Colorado River.
If you are wanting to experience clean mountain air and scenic views while enjoying white water rafting, hiking & biking or fishing and boating, photography, home town cooking and hospitality, Haysi, Virginia is the town to visit!