clinchco area tourism and recreation
Take a short drive North of Clinchco to Breaks Interstate Park and Clinchfield Overlook for breathtaking views unique to the Appalachian Region.
John W. Flannagan Reservoir & Dam is a beautiful site for photography, fishing or a picnic. Clinchco is centrally-located in Dickenson County, and we have easy access to this clear mountain lake.
Located next to the post office in Clincho, VA, the Coal Miners Memorial stands in memory of the Dickenson County men and women who lost their lives in the coal mining industry. The memorial wall lists 309 names dating back to the early 1900s.
Dennis Reedy started collecting artifacts of the coal and railroad industries when he was in elementary school, which his parents stored in a small building next to their home. The Reedy family's collection grew to included a broad range of tools and memorabilia from the industrial period in Dickenson County and it now serves as an extraordinary reminder of our area's past.
Three generations of the Molinary family's sons have run this still operational grocery store. Historically, miners paid for goods here with silver dollar coins and shared many stories here of their good fortune in the Virginia coal mines.
This store has just about everything and is a must-stop along the route.
Before it was known as Riverside Grocery, it was the 3rd Piggly Wiggly built in Virginia. This community also had the 1st television in the region, 2 car dealerships, a hardware store, and a restaurant with a pool hall in the basement.
Tip: If you stop by, be sure to ask the Molinary's if you can see any old photos of the store and other businesses that once were in the area.
Clinchco, VA was the birthplace of World War II hero, Staff Sergeant Darrell C. "Shifty" Powers. Shifty was assigned to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. His regiment's heroic story was portrayed in the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.