Other tour dates are July 15, September 16 and October 7. All tours begin and end at the gate of A.R. Matthews Park on the banks of the Clinch River 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.
The first bus tour begins at 9 a.m. with a downtown tour of St. Paul and a stop 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. The bus will return to A.R. Matthews Park at 5 p.m. so travelers can enjoy activities at the Clinch River Days Festival.
The July 15 tour will include museums at Dickenson-Bundy Log House, Mountain Heritage Museum, Ralph Stanley Museum and John Flanagan Dam. On September 16, the tour will be in the evening in order to see elk near the Breaks Park. Fall Festivals will be the theme for the October 7 bus tour. These tours are not handicapped-accessible.