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There's always something happening in St. Paul, from the Farmers' Market, to festivals and antique/classic car shows, parades and music venues. St. Paul is a treasure, not only to its residents but to hikers, bikers, boaters and more. Our leaders and citizens are working together to grow our hometown into a recognized eco-epicenter, both economically and ecologically, demonstrating the two "e's" can co-exist and flourish, while maintaining our unique small town character and heritage. Through partnerships with regional and state entities, as well as our own ingenuity and hard work, we are doing just that.

Happenings in St. Paul


A Weekend of Fun in the Mountains

The region's number 1 rated festival, Clinch River Days Festival celebrates mountain heritage and the Clinch River. Every year the town of St. Paul comes alive with the flavors of the region during Clinch River Days! May 31 - June 2, 2018

BINGO - To Benefit the Lyric Restoration Project

Doors open 6:00 PM; Games begin 7:00 PM

The event takes place monthly in the St. Paul recreation rooms located above the town’s swimming pool facilities.

Concessions will be available for purchase. The minimum cost to play is $20 for 12 games. Each game will feature cash prizes up to $100.00. Children under the age of 18 may play if accompanied by an adult.

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Wetlands Estonoa

Place-based, Student-initiated Outdoor Learning Center


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.

The Wetlands Estonoa Outdoor Learning Center has been in existence since 1999. The Center is owned by the Town of St. Paul yet managed by a group of dedicated area high school students known as Team Estonoa. The Center is an environmental education site that consists of outdoor and indoor classrooms. The vegetative green roof, rain garden, and native Appalachian flora arboretum are complimented by the three-fourth mile walking trail surrounding Wetlands Estonoa. The beautiful, log-sided building, finished in 2005, offers a large meeting space for environmental education, workshops, and citizen group meetings. Examples of visiting groups include: college groups (Ferrum, Georgetown University, and East Tennessee State), rain barrel & GLOBE Hydrology workshops, Upper Tennessee River Round Table and St. Paul High School Alumni meetings.

Oxbow Lake

Canoe/Small Boat Access, Fishing, Picnic Areas, Walking & Biking


From relaxing stroll while enjoying the company of a Blue Heron pondering lunch from the lake, to a heart pumping workout pedaling the trails, Oxbow is the perfect place to get outdoors for a breath of fresh mountain air.

Sugar Hill Trails

Hiking, Biking and Challange Runs in St. Paul 


Enjoy eight miles of maintained trails along the scenic Clinch River, the Sugar Hill Loop Trail and Oxbow Lake that start at the Oxbow Dam in St. Paul. Dozens of tree species are identified along the trails. The Sugar HIll and Clinch River Trails have been nominated as state birding and wildlife viewing trails because of the wide variety of flora and fauna found along the way. For more information, visit

Clinch River Skate Park

Skateboarding Fun


This dedicated skate park is located on the banks of the Clinch River in AR Mathews Park, across from the red caboose and Clinch River Adventures. The skate park is open from dawn to dusk for your skating enjoyment.

Bluebell Island
Part of St. Paul on the Clinch Trails


Take a leisure hike to this naturalist's haven where the elusive native flora thrives mid-Clinch.

AR Matthews Park

Picnic, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Canoe Launch, Playground, Pavilion & Stage... All on the banks of the Clinch River


Enjoy the great outdoors right in town. Take a stroll, relax and enjoy a picnic, do some bird watching, fish, take a dip in the Clinch.  The park has a great walking trail to Blue Bell Island on the Clinch.

Clinch River Farmer's Market

Local Produce, Meats, Eggs, Honey, Baked Goods and Artisan Crafts in Downtown St. Paul


Open Saturdays May - October 8am - 1pm, Wednesdays June - October 2pm - 5pm


The freshest food, the friendliest folk, entertainment, demos, and a whole lot of fun under the Farmer's Market Pavilion in hostoric downtown St. Paul on Market Square.

Clinch River Adventures

Canoe, Kayak, Tube the Clinch


Water adventure starts in St. Paul. Clinch River Adventures is the premiere canoe, kayak and tube rental/guide/shuttle service in and around St. Paul. Their "office" is located in St. Paul on the bank of the Clinch in the old red caboose at the entrance of A.R. Mathews Park. Visit or 276.275.4154 for information and reservations.

Mountain View Trail System

Spearhead Trails Premiere OHV Trail System


Mountain View has expanded to over 100 tree-lined miles,
with 10 miles of dedicated single track for dirt bikes.
This system has a nice mix of green, blue, and black trails,
great views, and fun for all! The trailhead is located in our
ATV-friendly town, just off 3rd Avenue, and you can ride your OHV to your room, the store, and to get gas or food.

All of Spearhead Trail Systems are multi-use, meaning they are open to mountain bikers and hikers as well. Horses are not allowed on OHV trail systems due to safety concerns.


Permits are required and may be purchased on-line or at several retailers in town. For more information, visit

Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trails

St. Paul Loop


The Saint Paul Loop offers six excellent sites in proximity to the Town of Saint Paul. Included in this mix are state and city lands likely to be productive for wildlife watching. The loop variety includes both extensive areas and relatively small venues. Wetlands, montane and woodland habitats can be found on this loop. Elevation ranges vary, with Sugar Hill Loop Trail climbing above and providing a stunning view of the Clinch River Valley. The Pinnacle towers above Big Cedar Creek and is surrounded by a fragile ecosystem. There are several species of rare and endangered species resident here, including the magnificent but elusive hellbender.


Four of the six sites are located in or about St. Paul. These include:


Site MSP03 Elevation: 1427 ft. Oxbow Lake Park is a town-owned park that includes a wetland and forest complex adjacent to the Clinch River. Because of its well maintained trail system, it is a popular destination for many of Saint Paul's residents. The Oxbow Lake trail is a paved, wheelchair-accessible mile-long loop. Restroom facilities are located at the parking area. The park provides residence to a large selection of big and showy dragonflies including blue dasher, slaty and widow skimmers, and prince baskettail. Butterflies include black swallowtail, zebra swallowtail, eastern tailed-blue, and clouded sulphur. The lake holds a few feral ducks and geese but could be better for waterfowl in the winter and during migration. The surrounding fields, bushes, and hardwood forest hold orchard oriole, ruby-throated hummingbird, eastern kingbird, red-eyed vireo, and wood thrush. The lake itself can attract barn and rough-winged swallows as well as the occasional purple martin. The east end of the lake provides access to three additional trails that traverse both riverine and mountain habitats.


Site MSP04 Elevation: 1454 ft. This well-maintained hiking and biking trail extends around and over Sugar Hill, the large ridge north of Oxbow Lake Park. The trail climbs steeply to the ridge and then curves back around near the dam at the eastern end of Oxbow lake. The Lower River Trail traverses the banks of the State Scenic Clinch River. This river is home to several species of endangered freshwater mussels. Feel free to observe them from the bank, but please to not touch or disturb them. Sugar Hill Loop Trail traverses dense hardwood forest filled with excitement for the patient observer. The trees hold numerous breeding songbirds including red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, yellow-billed cuckoo, and some warblers as well as fox squirrel. This site offers a variety of unusual trees seldom found in this part of the Appalachians. Many of these trees, including the Kentucky coffee tree, are labeled by interpretive signage. In the few areas where sunlight breaks through the canopy, dragonflies, butterflies and other striking insects can be found. Moister areas within leaf litter and fallen debris hold a variety of salamanders and snakes. The trailhead for the Sugar Hill Loop Trail is located just west of the Oxbow Lake Loop Trail. Parking is available at the Oxbow Lake Park (shared parking lot) or at the west end of the lake.


Site MSP05 Elevation: 1525 ft. This heavily vegetated wetlands lies next to the Saint Paul School complex, making it an ideal venue for education. Its location in the center of a residential neighborhood is also advantageous for members of the local community. The Wetlands Estonoa Learning Center project is a nationally acclaimed student-based wetlands and outdoors education center that has a short loop trail. Several large hardwood species, such as yellow poplar, oaks, and maples surround the lake. These deciduous trees host a number of eastern woodland birds including red-eyed vireo, gray catbird, and downy woodpecker. While the lake fringes of the wetlands are heavily reeded, the center of the lake is covered with floating vegetation that provides numerous resting places for the many large dragonflies found in the area. Eastern pondhawk, slaty skimmer and blue dasher are especially numerous at Wetlands Estonoa. The moister areas also hold rare treasures such as the eastern mud salamander. For more information about Wetlands Estonoa, visit their website at


Site MSP06 Elevation: 1461 ft. At present, the area includes access to the eastern bank of the State Scenic Clinch River, which is lined with numerous large hardwood trees. Pileated woodpecker, flycatchers, vireos and thrushes can be found along this river embankment. There are several species of endangered mussels in the Clinch River. Feel free to observe them from above, but please do not disturb them. The slightly overgrown dirt road that runs alongside the river has numerous small puddles ideal for frogs such as green and pickerel frogs. Open, grassier areas, where sunlight is able to penetrate through openings in the forest canopy, are frequented by numerous damselflies such as calico pennant and slaty skimmer. When wildflowers within these areas are in bloom, look for butterflies such as zebra swallowtail and red-spotted purple.


This information was provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.For complete information on the St. Paul Loop, including detailed directions to and descriptions of sites MSP01 Hidden Valley Lake and MSP02 Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.


Dining, Lodging & More...


The Heart of Appalachia Certified Visitor's Center is located in downtown St. Paul.

Click, call or stop in for dining, lodging, attractions, entertainment, events and activities!

276-762-0011 ~  ~  www.HEARTofAPPALACHIA.COM

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