Recreation & Leisure
The Greater Bluefield area’s surroundings are the perfect backdrop for a way to relax and unwind, stay fit or just play and have fun. You don't have to travel far from your doorstep to discover a wealth of sporting and leisure-time activities for both spectators and participants.
The Four Seasons’s Country provides outdoor activities for everyone. The perfect climate for fishing, hunting, boating, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, and other adventure-packed opportunities await you. Taking the scenic route by foot, bike, ATV or automobile is a great way to experience the region's abundant beauty. ATV enthusiasts are excited with the opening of the Hatfield/McCoy’s Pocahontas Trail System. The Pocahontas Trailhead is located in Bramwell. The Spearhead Trail in Tazewell County is anticipated to attract even more visitors from all across the country when it opens and is added to the recreational opportunities.
Bike trails including a family loop and excellent single track trails are recent additions to Bluefield City Park, which lies on the border of Bluefield, WV and Bluefield, VA. In addition, after months of refurbishment and repair, the original Ridge Runner train has returned to Bluefield City Park and is a delight of all children and adults alike.
The Heart of Appalachia Bike Route and Scenic Drive begin its 128-mile journey across southwestern Virginia in Tazewell County’s Burke's Garden. An 18-mile Scenic Sidetrail loops this fascinating area known as God's Thumbprint. The Appalachian Trail and trails in state parks, city parks and forests also beckon to hikers.
A trip to the East River Mountain Overlook offers a panoramic view of Bluefield. At an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level, this mountaintop site was West Virginia's first Visitor Information Center in 1960.
Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the nearby Gauley and New River or hit the ski slopes when the snow flies just up I-77 at WinterPlace Ski Resort. Or, try your navigation skills and cover some fascinating local territory with geocaching.
The region's sporting and recreational complexes and facilities offer opportunities for all ages. Golf, tennis, bowling, roller skating, softball, Little League, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor swimming, exercise classes, weight lifting, skateboarding, ballroom dancing and other activities keep visitors and residents alike on the move. Four tennis courts have been modernized and are open to the public at Bluefield City Park.
America's favorite pastime is enjoyed in a big way in the area. Mercer County has the distinction of being home to two professional minor league baseball teams - the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Princeton Rays.
The region's calendar is packed with fairs and festivals. These fun-for-the-family events spotlight an assortment of topics from coal mining, sheep shearing and bluegrass music to mountain-made crafts, pumpkins and delicious cabbage rolls.
The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce hosts the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival during Memorial Day Weekend. The popular event features live musical entertainment, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, outdoor recreational events, and lots more fun for the entire family.
County fairs are favorite summertime events. The annual Tazewell County Fair, held the first week in August, draws big crowds. The Mercer County Fair has hosted over 50 years of family fun including a rodeo, livestock competitions, a pet show, horticulture judging and live homegrown music. Bramwell host the annual Spring Home Tours in May. From Lemonade Days, to street fairs, to band competition events, the area presents a venue for all types of recreation and culture events. As the leaves begin to change, Bluefield, Virginia’s Autumn Jamboree and Princeton’s Autumnfest, both in September, offer something for everyone.