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"Woodbooger" Sanctuary
Picture of Woodbooger statue

 The Legend of the "Woodbooger": If walking the gravel footpath to the Flag Rock Overlook in Flag Rock Recreation Area, you can't miss the giant statue of a Bigfoot-like creature located just beyond the parking area. Known locally as the "Woodbooger," the city erected the statue and Norton City Council designated the recreation area a "Woodbooger Sanctuary" following a visit by Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot TV show. In 2011, the show spent a week in Southwest Virginia filming an episode that features scenes from High Knob, as well as Washington County, Damascus, and Saltville. Click here for more information on that episode. Since then, the city has embraced this mythical creature, with local businesses selling "Woodbooger" merchandise and the establishment of the "Woodbooger Festival." The festival is held each October in Flag Rock Recreation Area. The fourth annual event will be held Oct. 7, 2017. Visit the festival's website for more information.

 Check out these photos of the "Woodbooger."
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 Picture of Woodbooger statue at Flag Rock Recreation Area