The Powell Valley Overlook sits on the north-bound side of Highway 23 between Big Stone Gap and Norton. The end of the boardwalk sits about 40′ above the highway at one of the most spectacular bridges in the state: it sits on the steep slope of a solid rock face, leaving you wondering just why it doesn’t slide off the mountain.
At the bottom of the valley is state route Oe 610, or Powell Valley Road. At one time, before the completion of Highway 23, this was the only road connecting Big Stone Gap with Norton, and all points north and south in this part of the state. The state route takes a long, curvy, steep climb up the mountain at the north end of the valley, intersecting Highway 23 near the overlook today.