Tradition & Recreation
Haysi,Virginia is surrounded by the scenic Appalachian Mountains with a clear view of the historic Cumberland Mountain range. 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. 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, Virginia is surrounded by the scenic Appalachian Mountains with a clear view of the historic Cumberland Mountain range.
Haysi is a unique mountain town working to revitalize and improve the economic and physical structure of the downtown business district. The first steps for the Downtown Business Revitalization Project began in 2008. Several town meetings were conducted and a Management Team was formed to
plan and develop a vision for the project. The Town of Haysi geography lies between scenic vertical mountains cliffs and sloping river banks. The town’s history, heritage and location combined with mountain cultures offers an array of artisan, musical and recreational opportunities.
Drawing upon these assets during the Visioning Sessions for the Downtown Business Revitalization Project, the Management Team developed these strategies and plans to improve the physical appearance and economical structure of the downtown district.
- Engage civic, church and school groups; residents; and property owners in a collaborative revitalization effort
- Attract tourists visiting the Breaks Park by building upon and promoting the physical and cultural assets that will complement their experience
- Foster entrepreneurship by encouraging and creating opportunities for new and growing businesses
- Honor the town’s coal and railroad heritage while improving existing structures and infrastructure for current and future economic uses
Some of the most important accomplishments that we expect to happen through the Revitalization Program are simple but vital. We expect our town to have a more attractive, pleasing and inviting appearance. We hope to meet the needs of shoppers who are looking for basic goods and services. These shoppers would include local residents and visitors, but also tourists whose needs go beyond the basics to the necessities required for hiking, biking, white water sports, photography and other recreational activities.
Last but not least in our expectations is that of fulfilling the desires of many who travel into our area to view our beautiful mountain scenery and listen to our unique mountain bluegrass music. We want to be able to provide access to comfortable lodging, good food as well as the items mentioned above.
These are some of the accomplishments the Revitalization Program will help us bring about! You can count on the mountain people to provide “down-home” friendship and hospitality.