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Sanitation Schedule Change

Our in-town trash service has a schedule change. Until further notice, we will begin pick-up on the daily route at 7:00 AM and the daily route will be finished by 10 AM. We will service the entire route as usual but early, so make sure you have your trash curbside early! Businesses will be serviced early as well. Thank you.

Hiring two part-time Public Works crewmen

The town will be hiring 2 part-time public works crewman. Applications are in our documents here or beside our door in a metal box at 528 Industrial. Fill one out and drop in our drop box at the curb or mail to 528 Industrial Dr. before the end of the day, May 29.

Zoning Application

A zoning application must be submitted and approved before building, additions, fencing, storage buildings, signs etc. or related changes are made to your in-town property. Please have a copy of the plat of your property on hand to submit for review with this process.

Accepting job applications for Police Chief

Education and experience requirements must be met to apply-High school diploma or GED, Graduate of Law Enforcement Academy, Certified law enforcement officer, advanced education in Criminal Justice, Police Administration or equivalent, valid Virginia driver’s license, five years supervisory and five years law enforcement experience preferred. Applications taken until position filled. Please see documents section for the complete description of duties and responsibilities and a police department job application or call 276-546-1177 or email for a copy.

Coronavirus Covid-19


On behalf of the Town of Pennington, I want to reassure each of you that we are continuing to work diligently to keep our residents, business owners, employees and guests safe, healthy, and informed.

We are committed to serve you with the highest level of response possible through the coming weeks.

We will continue the essential work of the town. That means trash pickups will continue as scheduled, our water and sewer treatment plants will remain fully operational, our Fire and Police Departments will continue to respond and patrol.

Regrettably, we will be reducing some services–The Community Center and the Lee Theatre will be closed through March 31, 2020. 

We are limiting access to Town Hall. We offer alternate method of paying town bills.  Call-in 546-1177, drop-box located in front of Town Hall or  you may go to our website:          

The bathrooms at Leeman Field and the Welcome Center will be closed until further notice. Portable toilets in the park will remain open. Your health and safety remains our top priority. 

If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to call 546-1177 or email   

I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.


Keith Harless, Town Manager


L to R, Sylvia Jane Sergent, Ben Sergent III, Nancy J.H. Sergent, Birg E. Sergent, Lana Sergent, Darrell Crusenberry, not pictured Pamela Darlene Caudill. Also pictured, Mayor Larry Holbrook, Councilwoman Jill Carson


The property is comprised of approximately 3 acres, an 18,000 sq. ft. building, and 700 feet of riverfront adjacent to the Powell River.

The subject property is a strip shopping center building located on a three-acre tract of land.  The property is one building which was recently vacated in preparation for the transfer to the town of Pennington Gap. The property was originally built as a grocery store with an attached variety store by Caswell Walker and operated by the same owner.  The property was subsequently the location of a Payless Grocery Store and now the property has been renovated into a strip shopping center. The property most recently was used as a four-unit commercial center.

Last year, Pennington Gap town manager, Keith Harless, approached the property owners of the old Payless property about the future of the building to determine if they had any upcoming plans for the property.  After a considerable amount of discussions, Mr. Harless proposed an idea for the property owners to donate the property to the town in order to develop a new, innovative type of park- a park that is designed to include everyone. This park will not only include standardized park equipment, but the park will also include equipment that will accommodate everyone, including children with special needs. The new park will contain a strategic mix of playground equipment and activities supporting play for all ages and abilities. This park is designed for all children, especially for those with different needs such as autism and barrier challenges.  The park will also have an area set aside for fitness support for the actively aging society.

The estimated cost at this time to include an all-new playground, new bathrooms, a pavilion along the riverfront, and overlooks of the river designed for fishing, are estimated to be around $800,000.00. At this time the town has not appropriated any money but discussions have begun with private investors and many grant agencies.

Stone Mountain ATV Trail

The Trail Too Tough to Tame

Trail Head located at Pennington Gap Welcome Center/Leeman Field RV Campground Open Daily Dawn to Dusk

RVs and Primative Camping

  • 335 Fairground Rd.

Leeman Field RV Park has 21 full service spaces available for rent with 15/30 & 50 amp hookups. Additional spaces are available without electricity. Tent camping is available along the river.

A campground attendant is available on-sight during the following hours to accept payments and reservations.

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 AM-12 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM-1 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-1 PM

Reservations and other arrangements-call: 276.298.5177

Nightly rates:50 amp hookup-$30, 15/30 amp hookup-$25, Unimproved tent camping-$10

Leeman Field RV Park & Campground space layout.

Stone Mountain ATV Trail

  • 287 Right Poor Valley Rd.

Maps and Directions and Trail Permits

Trail maps and town maps are available at Spearhead Permit vendors. The town has designated certain streets as ATV friendly, marked by signage. The route begins by crossing the bridge from the park entrance onto North Kentucky Street, head south into town, at the light turn left or right onto Morgan Avenue, East as far as the light at Taco Bell/Riverview Shopping Center or West as far as Huddle House/Westgate Mall, including the future hospital on Combs Road. Also a crossover to South Kentucky Street to Joslyn, westward will allow for theatre attendance and East from Harrell to Doris Ave and beyond to include from Rooster’s Pub to Subway Restaurant travel.

Please obtain a town map for more information. All drivers on ATV Streets must have a valid drivers license.

Daily and yearly permits for Spearhead Trails are available at; 

  • Pennington Welcome Center/Trailhead
  • Family Tire at 40848 W Morgan Ave.,
  •  FasMart, 6633 Hwy 421 S, and
  • Black Diamond Sunoco, 40554 W Morgan Ave.

New in 2018, Lee County permit for residents of Lee @$25

Permits are $10 under 8 or adults $60 a year or $20 daily and may be used at any Spearhead Trail. All riders must sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent sign. Visit Spearhead Trails for a complete list of rules and regulations.

Helmets Required

State law requires all riders to have helmets on at all times. If you have arrived without helmets, they are available for rent or purchase at the permit vendors. For additional information

CALL 276-298-5177

Spearhead Trails -Stone Mountain

Prepare to be rocked with the excitement of Stone Mountain Trail. The views are spectacular, especially in the fall. The sunset and overlooks rival all the national parks. Stop by a picnic table and take it all in.

The Town of Pennington Gap welcomes you.