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A diamond in the rough, Paint Bank is a different world, a step back in time that most can only imagine or read about in novels. Hidden away in the Allegheny Mountains between Potts Mountain and Peters Mountain in Craig County, the tiny town boasts more buffalo than it does people. Folks there say it is located about three miles beyond the ends of earth, where the stars shine brighter than anywhere else in the world.


The Paint Bank General Store located on Rt. 311 is the hub of activity for the town and has been for nearly 100 years.


Yet right in the middle of acres and acres of National Forest land, this community has far more to offer than meets the eye. People are coming from all four corners of the U.S. to hunt wild turkey, white-tailed deer and even bear. Trout fishing is another sport that draws people to the area. Potts Creek, which runs through the town, is stocked each year with over a quarter-million rainbow trout from the local fish hatchery.


Settled around 1700, history has it that the Cherokee Indians who lived here used red clay from its banks to make their pottery and war paint. Later, the clay was used by settlers to make paint as well as bricks, and thus the town’s name, Paint Bank. During the Civil War, the off-the-beaten-path community became known as the “Union hole,” a place for deserters and resisters. It was close to this area that Union General David Hunter fought his most difficult battle, a confrontation involving two of Craig’s highest mountains, on his trek from Lynchburg, Va., to Sweet Springs, W.Va.

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Depot Lodge
Distance from city center: 10 mile(s)
Phone: 540- 897-6000
Toll Free: 800-970-3376
Enjoy warmhearted hospitality in our historic train depot lodge, located in a tranquil village nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountains.

Paint Bank, Virginia
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