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Experience the River

Tours and exhibitions of the scenic Clinch River take place throughout the weekend. There's the traditional Mussel Walk, where the Clinch River's rare mussels are on display. Visitors can take a birding walk in one of Virginia's newest designated bird and wildlife regions, schedule a caving or canoe trip, take in a fishing demonstration, or hike on the eleven miles of maintained trails along the Clinch River; the most recent addition being the Blue Bell Island Trail! Nearby is Wetlands Estonoa, nationally acclaimed student-based wetlands, designated birding trail and outdoor educational center.


Flavors of the Region

Located along the scenic Clinch River, St. Paul shows off its uniqueness, blending...


  • River & Railroad Lore & History

  • Art and Photography

  • Rides and Games

  • Great Local & Regional Entertainment

  • Samplings from Local Vineyards 

  • Samplings from Local Craft Breweries

  • Great festival foods

Most of all, Clinch River Days is a weekend of fun in the mountains, celebrating a Scenic River that is home to rare and endangered fresh water mussels, more varieties of fish than any river in Virginia, and miles of free-flowing canoeing. St. Paul is home to festival-goers who come to celebrate the Clinch River!


Other Festival Fare

  • Juried Art and Photography Shows

  • The Clinch River Sprint

  • Wine and Cheese Tasting with local Vineyards

  • Clinch RiverFarmers' Market

  • Classic Car Show

  • Clinch River Adventures Kayak/Canoe Race - Paddlefest!

  • Amusements, Games, Crafts and Food Vendors

  • Main Street Wrestling

  • Guided Caving and Canoe Trips

A Celebration of Heritage & The Clinch River

Traditionally, the weekend after Memorial Day is set aside in this southwestern Virginia town to celebrate mountain heritage and a designated Scenic River. Clinch River Days, started in 1999 by a volunteer group in St. Paul Virginia for their community and to attract tourists to the area. Hoping to broaden the appeal of Clinch River Days, the volunteer group worked with marketing consultant Susan Copeland of Abingdon to create a brand identity for the festival and a logo that features the designated Scenic River, the area's ties to railroad history, mountain scenery and the fresh water mussels found in the Clinch River. Little did they know, the Clinch River Festival would take on a life of its own and become a well known regional happening!


What to Expect

Each year, Clinch River Days offers traditional events, including juried art and photography shows, wine and cheese tasting sponsored by local vineyards, amusements, craft and food vendors, and musical performances ranging from rock, bluegrass and classical to gospel... and much, much more.


Festival-goers can look forward to new events, performances and other offerings added each year. There's something for everyone, young and old, at the Clinch River Days Festival. And the best part...


most activities and events are free!
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