Blog Archives

Red River Gorge Destination Resort Concept Raises Questions

A proposed destination resort in the Red River Gorge area was met with questions and concerns from area residents and business owners.

Tourism Rises in West Virginia

The Mountain State’s tourism industry grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent.

Community discussion to focus on ecotourism in Southwest Virginia

CONTACTS: Tyler Hughes New Economy Program Manager, Appalachian Voices 276-207-8686, The New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia and Appalachian Voices are hosting a community discussion on ecotourism in Pennington Gap on Tuesday, August 27. The meeting is free and

Traveling The Crooked Road

Adult Life Expectancy change from 1997-2007 showing a half year to a full year decrease in life expectancy for adults living in areas with mountaintop removal mining

Along its 330-mile route, The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia connects visitors with the sounds of America’s roots music and demonstrates how a region can leverage its cultural assets to develop a new economy.

Kentucky Tourism Experiences Strongest Growth in 10 Years

In 2015, travel and tourism contributed $13.7 billion to Kentucky’s economy, the greatest impact in ten years.

Federal agency considers restricting surface mining in Tennessee

Ridgeline corridors across a 67,000-acre area of Tennessee could be protected from surface mining. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is considering granting the state’s request for a ban. Submit your comment in support of the Cumberland Mountains before Jan. 25!

Pedal in the Mountains

Bicycle tourism is gaining in popularity, and initiatives across the Appalachian region are making it easier for people to explore the area by bike.

Three Corners of the Cumberland Trail Gap Project

A tri-state effort aims to boost tourism in the Cumberland Gap region.

Blazing Trails in Mars Hill

A North Carolina mountain-bike park intends to draw bikers from around the country all year long.

Walking the Walk of Preservation

History provides a sense of place. Increasingly, communities are building their own place in history, and finding that preserving the past and marketing it to visitors can also provide a boost in the present.