Birchleaf, Virginia

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Birchleaf, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Post Office in Birchleaf
Post Office in Birchleaf
Birchleaf, Virginia is located in Virginia
Birchleaf, Virginia
Birchleaf, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°10′38″N 82°16′20″W / 37.17722°N 82.27222°W / 37.17722; -82.27222Coordinates: 37°10′38″N 82°16′20″W / 37.17722°N 82.27222°W / 37.17722; -82.27222
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dickenson
Elevation 1,299 ft (396 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1495271[1]

Birchleaf is an unincorporated community in Dickenson County, Virginia, United States. The population was 761 at the 2000 census.

Birchleaf was likely named for the birch timber in the area.[2]


Birchleaf is located approximately 5 miles SE of the town of Haysi, Virginia. The Russell Fork of the Levisa River runs through the center of the community. Frequent flooding of this river has resulated in a floodplain in which most of the community is located.

One of the most destructive floods occurred in 1977, the infamous "Flood of '77" as referred to by local residents. Over $20 million in damage occurred to this and other small communities along the Russell Fork River in April 1977.


Birchleaf is served by Sandlick Elementary School and Haysi High School. Southwest Virginia Community College also runs a bus to nearby Richlands, Virginia.


Helen Henderson Highway in Birchleaf
Helen Henderson Highway in Birchleaf