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Description - This preserve resides in Virginia's Clinch River watershed. It has one of the highest concentrations of globally imperiled freshwater species in America. Pinnacle Natural Area was named for a large towering boulder. The area is abundant with dolomite, a rock consisting mainly of calcium and magnesium carbonate. Hikers will enjoy views of steep cliffs and mountain sides. In addition, a suspension footbridge over Big Cedar Creek add to the adventure.

Recreation - Hungry Mother State Park is approximately 45 minutes away, situated just above Marion, Virginia off I-81. The park has many cabins and campsites, swimming opportunities, conference facilities, numerous hiking trails and a wonderful new restaurant.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - From Abingdon, Virginia take I-81 to ALT 58 west to Rt. 19 north. Travel 20 miles to Business 19 into Lebanon. At the second light, turn left onto Rt. 82 heading west. Travel 1 mile to Rt. 640 and turn right. Travel another 4.2 miles to Rt. 721 and turn left onto the gravel road. The parking area is about .8 mile down on the left.

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Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.

Hungry Mother State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website


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