Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop

MODERATE 3 reviews

Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Damascus, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.8 miles
1,781 feet

dogs on leash



trail running




wild flowers


Start from the Beartree Gap Rec area. From Beartree Lake angler's parking lot, take violet-blazed Beartree Gap trail across a dam and US 58 to AT; take AT southbound past the two access trails to Saunders shelter and down the switchbacks to its junction with short, blue blazed connector to the Virginia Creeper trail. Turn left and follow the Creeper through Taylors Valley and up to Whitetop Laurel Creek gorge to junction with AT at Creek Junction. Take AT southbound to Beartree Gap trail and retrace steps back to the parking lot.

5 months ago

Great for a first time overnight trip. Trout fishing along the creek was not as great as expected. I’m not sure when they stock the creek but it obviously wasn’t around the beginning of March. My one complaint is having to walk through a tiny village on the creeper trail and the camp sites are very sparse. If you plan on camping try to get to the creeper trail as soon as possible because that’s probably the only part of the trail you can camp along.

9 months ago

Awesome hike can be tricky in spots with the rocks. Follow white trail to blue trail back to white trail off the Creeper trail. The last two miles are challenging back up the hill. Also not 10.8 miles more like 13 miles.

10 months ago