City of Norton
City of Norton is located in Wise County Virginia. Situated on U.S. 23 & U.S. 58 Alternate, the City is the commercial and professional center for the area. Visitors can enjoy the rich scenic, recreational, and historic attractions that the area provides. Hotels and restaurants offer visitors a wide choice of lodging and dining establishments. 

Norton is a gateway to the Jefferson National Forrest which is made up of 35,924 acres.

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George Washington/Jefferson National Forest Headquarters
(540) 265-5100

U.S. National Forests combined to form one of the largest areas of public land in the Eastern United States. They cover 1.8 million acres of land in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. This dynamic forest duo is home to over 500 species of trees and plants, including oaks, hickory, maple and pine. Wildlife watchers and nature lovers should stay alert for glimpses of black bears, white-tailed deer, bobcats, bald eagles, weasels, otters, and Martens. Everyone will enjoy mountain biking and hiking. For more information about trails, fishing and other recreational offerings in the Washington/Jefferson National Forest, click here.

Powell River Water Trail - The beautiful scenery of Wise County and the water flowing gracefully down Powell River are reasons enough to come here and paddle, whitewater kayaking, or rafting. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Traveling from Appalachia through the City of Norton and on to the Big Stone Gap there is plenty of whitewater kayaking, rafting and paddling. W Class: II - IV, Length 3 miles. Put-In Location Coordinates: Latitude: 36.941, Longitude: -82.64321. Take-Out Coordinates: Latitude: 36.868, Longitude: -82.77501. Click here for map.
Flag Rock Recreation Area & Campground
618 Virginia Avenue, Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0754

Rock outcrop capped with an American Flag, thus the name "Flag Rock". The recreation site sits over 1,000 feet above the City's elevation of 2,350 ft. offers twenty-five acres of recreation area with spectacular views, hiking trails, a fishing area, playground equipment and 18 camping slots. Bath houses have hot and cold water. Two large shelters and several smaller ones are available for picnicking. There are over 50 picnic tables with grills. Primitive camping is also available. Two large shelters are available.

Clear Creek Park
618 Virginia Ave., Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0754

Clear Creek Park is a four acre park and includes a playground, a basketball court, a shelter, walking track, and softball field. The shelter is available for use on a first come first serve basis. The softball field was built courtesy of the Norton Lions Club.

Legion Park
Rt. 619 - High Knob Road, Norton, VA 24273
276) 679-0754

On the site of the old American Legion Hall. It features a picnic shelter and access to a 30 yard interpretive trail with kiosks, giving information on local history and various regional tourist attractions. The park also contains picnic tables and grills and a water fountain. The shelter at the park is available by reservations only for groups. Legion Park is designated as a offical Birding Trail site.

Norton City Park
Virginia Avenue, Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0754

This park features a gazebo which is (available on first come-first serve basis). The park includes lighted tennis courts, basketball court, amphitheatre, as well as, playground equipment and picnic tables. Many activites take place at the park, which include the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Hunt and Tree Lighting Event. The Best Friends Festival is held the 2nd week of June at the Park with many outdoor concerts.

Powell Valley Overlook
Hwy. 23, Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0961

This overlook has a spectacular view of Powell Valley and surrounding mountains. Please visit the Tourist Information Kiosk, located at the overlook, featuring assorted brochures showcasing The Heart of Appalachia region.

Appalachian Traditions, Inc.
6034 Kent Junction Road, P.O. Box 42
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-3541

Country Cabin II presents old time and bluegrass music every Saturday night, featuring local and regional musicians. Mountain-style clogging is taught at Country Cabin II. Other special events include the Dock Boggs/Kate O'Neill Peters Sturgill Memorial Music festival, jam sessions, picking lessons, weddings, birthday celebrations, music benefit shows and bus tours. Located at: 6032 Kent Junction Road (276) 679-2632. Is the oldest mountain music/cultural venue on the Crooked Road.  State and National Historic Landmark.  Local musicians gather at the cabin to perform traditional bluegrass and country music.  Events include: traditional musicians, dancers, mountain arts & crafts, and home made mountain foods. 

Virginia-Kentucky Opry
724 Park Avenue, Norton, VA 24273

A 241-seat theater featuring musical talent performing live radio broadcasts every Saturday night. The theater has provided continuous stage for hundreds of area performers, featuring a variety of music which includes country, gospel, bluegrass and occasionaly even "big band" sounds. Special shows have included nationally known bluegrass artists such as Ralph Stanley and Larry Sparks and country-rock legends Goose Creek Symphony.

Dock Boggs Memorial Festival
Country Cabin/Appalachian Traditions Village, 6034 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-2632

Held annually the second Saturday in September, this festival honors the lives of two local extraordinary musicians –banjoist Moran Lea “Dock” Boggs and ballad singer and songwriter Kate O’Neill Peters Sturgill. Dock Boggs was one of the truly great American folk musicians of the twentieth century. The festival offers well-known local, regional, and nationally-known traditional musicians and dancers, as well as handmade mountain arts and crafts and home-cooked mountain foods.


Troutdale Bistro
1051 Park Ave SW
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-6655

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy top floor dining with a scenic view.

VA-KY Shopping Center
696 Highway 58 E., Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-1651

Seafood restaurant offering casual dining

Holiday Inn, 551 Hwy 58 E.
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-7000

Located in The Inn at Norton specializes in steaks, chicken and pork. A full service restaurant that caters to the business person and families as well. Also, a cocktail lounge is available for a quiet drink after work or that special night on the town.

1728 Park Avenue, NW,
Norton, VA 24273

999 Park Avenue, SW,
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-1889

Come in and enjoy an authentic Italian dishes

959 Park Avenue, SW
Norton, VA 24273

Keepsake Frame & Art Gallery
608 Park Ave., Notrton, VA 24273

Custom framing, limited editions, reproductions and local prints.Promote local artists. Keepsake Gallery is a dealership of P. Buckley Moss and we have an annual Moss Show in September. A Gift Shop, of unusual gifts, is also available. (Example of a Moss print on the left.)

Holiday Inn
1051 Park Avenue, Norton, VA 24273

Banquet and meeting rooms, indoor pool, fitness center, wireless, business center.  104 Rooms.

Days Inn
375 Wharton Lane
Jct US Alt58/US23, Norton, VA 24273

58 Rooms.

The Inn at Norton
551 Hwy 58
Jct US Alt58/US23, Norton, VA 24273

Full service inn offers 120 guestrooms, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge.  Meeting rooms available.

Super 8 Motel
425 Wharton Way
Jct US Alt58/US23, Norton, VA 24273

56 Rooms

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City of Norton
P.O. Box 226, Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0961

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