Music: Regardless ofyour taste in music, a visit to Scott County is not complete without spending aSaturday night at the world-famous Carter Family Fold, the true “Birthplace ofCountry Music.” It was in these hillsand “hollers” of Scott County that A.P.Carter found the sound of what is known as country music. A collector of songs, A.P. would roam thehills and valley and listen to the “porch music” played by the descendants ofthe Scotch-Irish settlers of this region. A.P. took the old tunes and crafted a new sound, which was discovered atthe 1927 Bristol Sessions by Ralph Peer. Natural Tunnel State Park offers many inclusive familyoptions—from caving to kayaking. More than850-feet long and as tall as a ten-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturallycarved through a limestone ridge thousands of years ago. A.P. convinced his wife, Sara, and sister-in-law, Maybelle Carter to accompany him to Bristol and make a recording for Peer. The Bristol Sessions are recognized today as the beginnings of country music. As A.P. lay dying, he asked his daughter, Janette Carter, to help preserve “old time traditional music. Janette replied, “Daddy, I’ll try;” and try she did. Almost 50 years later, the Carter Family legacy has been preserved at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. A.P.’s legacy lives on every Saturday night at The Fold where traditional artists take the stage and honor the father of this original sound. Nature: Scott County is home to one of the world’s most bio-diverse rivers in the world—the Clinch River. With eight hand-launch sites, water warriors will find easy access to the lure of the Clinch, whether it be to fish or float. Once a hidden, local treasure, the Devil’s Bathtub is now known world-wide and often cited as the best tourist destination in Virginia. The Falls of Little Stony is a must see for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. The hike is a mere 2.8 miles, with the main feature including three cascading waterfalls. There are many scenic spots to take a break from the 600-foot ascent by resting along one of the many bridges. Here you will find a hemlock canopy and a relaxing spot to watch the rushing waters below. William Jennings Bryan called Natural Tunnel the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” and the Weather Channel listed it as one of the “Top 20 Caves in the World.” A Swiss-chalet chairlift takes you down to the bottom of the cave, where you can walk along the creek and follow the railroad tracks that still run through the tunnel today. Scott County offers several iconic eateries, such as Campus Drive-in, the Hob Nob, Teddy’s, and now the Commonwealth’s top Bakery, the Family Bakery in Downtown Gate City. We invite you to delve deeper into the allure of Scott County, Virginia and see all there is to “EXPLORE.” Scott County is the perfect spot for a family-friendly vacation. Families will enjoy a visit to the Creation Kingdom Zoo, located in the Snowflake community. The zoo is a privately-owned by Marc and Elaine Bradley and is a breeding facility for rare and endangered species. You can walk around the zoo and get up close and personal with a white Bengal Tiger. Children will love the petting zoo and feeding many of the park’s animals. Located in the southwestern tip of Virginia, Scott County isa “natural” for music lovers, history buffs, nature enthusiasts and vacationersof all types. From camping under the stars to a mountaintop cabin, Scott County offers some truly original lodging choices, including Appalachian Mountain Cabins, Boone’s Pointe Cabins, Camp Clinch, The Sugar Maple Inn, and Estillville Bed & Breakfast. History: Scott County’s rich history spans more than 8,000 years. Visitors today can walk in the footsteps of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone and visit the newly-opened Daniel Boone Interpretative Center to learn what is was like growing up on the frontier. Tour the 1700s John Anderson Blockhouse and learn how pioneers protected themselves from marauding Indians. Visit Bush Mill in Nickelsville, which is one of the few remaining restored over-shot water-wheeled gristmills.
Austin Dillon has been quietly solid at The Clash with fifth- and 12th-place finishes in his career there, and he is 30/1 to win the thing so he might be worth taking a chance on — emphasis on might.Denny Hamlin didn’t get his win last season, but he could easily start this one with a victory as he is tied with Harvick as the active leader in career wins with three. NASCAR’s season is so close to beginning and a select few drivers will get a chance to take home one title before the season even starts at the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.Any driver who won a pole will make their way to Daytona this weekend for the race and the usual suspects are all there. Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, who are the active leaders with three wins at The Clash, are on the card as well as Joey Logano, who won the race in 2016. Brad Keselowski is also on the lineup and was the 2018 winner. MORE: Live stream Clash at Daytona on fuboTV (7-day free trial)There are some new drivers on the course too. Aric Almirola, who won at a similar track at Talladega last year, is racing and of course, Kyle and Kurt Busch are there as well.It’s hard to predict a 75-lap race such as this, one that doesn’t factor into the Cup Series race at all, but if last year is any indicator, this event may be a bit easier to predict than some might think.Taking that into account, we are picking Kevin Harvick to pick up right where he left off last season with his fourth career victory at The Clash and Joey Logano, who will defend his Cup championship this year, could be right on his heels.The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.What are the betting odds for The Clash?Kevin Harvick 7/1Brad Keselowski 7/1Joey Logano 7/1Aric Almirola 10/1Clint Bowyer 10/1Chase Elliott 10/1Denny Hamlin 10/1Ryan Blaney 12/1Kyle Busch 12/1Daniel Suarez 16/1Kurt Busch 16/1Martin Truex Jr. 20/1Alex Bowman 20/1Erik Jones 25/1Jimmie Johnson 25/1Kyle Larson 30/1Paul Menard 30/1Jamie McMurray 30/1Austin Dillon 30/1Ryan Newman 30/1Which NASCAR drivers should you watch at the Clash?Kyle Busch is always competitive no matter what track he is on and he has two top-10 finishes in his last two trips there, including a runner-up at The Clash two years ago.Ryan Blaney hasn’t had a ton of opportunities at The Clash, but he finished fourth there a year ago, and he loves wide-open racing.