The St. Paul Main Street organization will offer three coal heritage bus tours in 2016. Travelers will hear stories of life in the coalfields and see fascinating rock formations and beautiful native plants.
Tour dates are June 3, August 6, and October 1. All tours begin and end at the gate of A.R. Matthews Park in St. Paul, Va. The cost per person is $35.00 and includes lunch. For detailed information, visit the Main Street website at www.stpaulmainstreet.org.
Each bus tour begins with a downtown tour of St. Paul, with stops along the Clinch River and at the Wetlands Estonoa Center. Other stops include the Coal Miners' Memorial in Clinchco and the Coal and Railroad Museum in Dante. In the Town of Haysi travelers will take a walk along the junction of Russell Fork and McClure Rivers and Prater Creek, and learn about adventure opportunities.
The final stop will be the Breaks Interstate Park, nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the South.” In the Park, guests will have lunch and a guided tour of the park.
The inaugural bus tour takes place as part of the Clinch River Days festival in June. The August tour will feature a gospel singing at the Breaks Interstate Park. In October, featured events at the Breaks Interstate Park stop include apple butter and molasses making, as well as music and crafts.
These tours are not handicapped-accessible.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-395-0685.