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Wetlands Estonoa

Outdoor Learning Center, Birding, Wildlife & More


Wetlands Estonoa is a student initiated, place based, service learning project. It is the epitome of a school/community project. Once the Town's giant mud puddle, Estonoa was transformed into an environmental learning center thanks to student imagination, planning, and sweat equity. 

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We are a place of extraordinary natural beauty, where the pristine Clinch River serves as the lifeblood of our community.  St Paul was founded along the banks of the Clinch in the center of a region filled with natural treasures, from our southern rolling hills, to the mountain peaks and coalfields of our north.  Our history has moved with the gentle flow of the River, and our future is defined by the environmental riches the River continues to provide for us.


We are a humble community that values our unique history.  Our historic downtown reminds us of the early twentieth century booms, but our past goes much deeper.  The earliest settlers came in the late 1700s, including French immigrants of noble blood escaping royal oppression, and they found sanctuary here.  The moving nature of the Clinch fueled the vision of twin cities on its banks.  While “Minneapolis” never developed, the community of St Paul grew and prospered. We were the gateway to the frontier, and the stories of our Western Front are legendary, where saloons gave rise to debauchery, fights, and even murder. The mischief of those early days are long gone, but the dynamic nature and pioneer spirit of our people remains.


We are the stewards of this glorious River, and the rich ecosystem that it feeds.  As the ecological epicenter of Southwest Virginia, it is our charge to not just preserve what we have, but help it thrive. And we are doing that today, from the shores of Blue Bell Island, to the trails of Sugar Hill, from Oxbow Lake to Estonoa, which was once a virtual wasteland, but now serves not only a testament to our community’s resolve, but also the foundation of our future.  The project is a national model, moving environmental education forward, and has become a part of our children’s lives, as well as a source of pride for our community. 


We are St. Paul, and we are excited about our future. Our friends and neighbors are moving forward. We have a vision for our future, and are investing our blood, sweat, and tears in realizing that vision. And signs of success surround us, from the restored Hillman House to the Shelter at Market Square. We are the ecological hub of the region, and are set to become the economic hub as well, cultivating an entrepreneurial environment, and engaging persistent and passionate people that are known for getting things done, no matter what.


We invite you to come and visit us. Be our guest. Paddle our waters, and hike our trails. Soak in the nature that abounds and experience all the opportunities that make St. Paul the place where America Goes Outdoors... St. Paul, Virginia, A Moving River Experience.

The Clinch River

The most bio-diverse river in the Northern Hemisphere


The Clinch River is the crown of the mountain empire flowing southwestward from its origin near Tazewell, VA, the Clinch travels some 135 miles on its way to the Tennessee state line. In a cast of Virginia rivers that portray history and natural wealth, the Clinch has a story and a character all its own. And the geographic center of the Clinch is in St. Paul!

St. Paul Tomorrow

Volunteerism at its Best


In 1998, with the help of the Nature Conservancy, a group of local residents established "St. Paul Tomorrow." The group's purpose is to create a vision of the future for the town, both environmentally and economically, and lay out a clear plan on how to get there. St. Paul Tomorrow is a reflection of its community. To learn more about the future plans of our community, Click here.

Mountain View ATV Trails

Spearhead Trails


Blue and Black rated trails await you on Spearhead Trails Mountain View Trail System. The trailhead is less than a quarter mile from downtown St. Paul, just off 3rd Avenue, and St. Paul is ATV-friendly with permit! With nearly 100 miles of trails, with some designated single-track for dirt bikes only, there's plenty of adventure waiting. Read more...

Virginia Main Street

Small Town Makes Big Impression


St. Paul is the smallest Virginia Main Street Town making a huge impression. The Main Street Revitalization Program focuses on the small businesses and programs that make up the community. St. Paul takes the program very seriously and are actively involved. For updates, Click here...

About Us

Clinch River Festival

A Weekend of Fun in the Mtns.


This is the #1 event in the region. Held annually the first weekend after Memorial Day, Thursday-Saturday, celebrating heritage, music and the Clinch River! There's no end to the fun, the food, the entertainment, activities and more! Take a guided caving tour, float the Clinch, dance the night away and make new friends ! For details and the schedule, visit here...


History & Culture

Rich Roots


Chartered in 1911, St. Paul is nestled in one of the most beautiful, diverse areas of southwest Virginia. Located in the southeastern corner of Wise County and the western side of Russell County, the community enjoys a caring, small town atmosphere with deep-seated heritage.  Read more...


Dining, Lodging, Shopping & More

Stay & Play in St. Paul


There are several dining choices to satisfy your appetite in St. Paul. And, after a hard day's play, you can lay your head to rest in one of our lodging sites. If you're into camping, we've got two camping/RV parks within minutes of downtown. Check out our directory for a list of offerings for dining, lodging, shopping and services. Go here...

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