Living in Southwest Virginia (e-Region)

The beautiful scenery, outdoor recreational opportunities, museums, historical reenactments, festivals, music events, and access to quality health care and educational facilities are only some of the perks of living and working in Southwest Virginia.

The region’s highway systems, broadband, and 4G wireless enhance accessibility and add to its appeal as a quality business location. Bordering Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, Southwest Virginia also has the advantage of a mobile workforce and proximity to the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area with a population of nearly 500,000.

Numerous recreational and cultural activities are available in Southwest Virginia. The area is surrounded by an abundance of scenic natural beauty, and residents and visitors enjoy hiking and picnicking at Jefferson National Forest and Breaks Interstate Park, rated one of the top 10 state parks in the nation. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Natural Tunnel State Park are also located in the region, and outdoor activities like hunting, swimming, fishing, ATV trails, and boating are offered in each locality. Two of the nation’s best historical driving trails go through the region: The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and The Wilderness Road: Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route.