Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail

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Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail is a 34 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
34.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2162 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

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Over 30 miles long and beautiful. Goes through forest, farms and fields. For hiking and mountain biking. Starts in Abingdon VA. The Va Creeper Trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down thru the lovely town of Damascus, Va (known as the Heart of the Va Creeper) along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point Whitetop Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, Virginia. The Va Creeper Trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. This former rail bed passes through the Mount Rogers National Recreation area and the highland country of Southwestern Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is rich in beauty and regional history. This is an easy biking adventure that you and your friends will talk about for a long time.

mountain biking
9 days ago

road biking
20 days ago

mountain biking
21 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Whitetop to Damascus is easy and beautiful. Bring bike tools just in case, I learned the hard way : )

rails trails
1 month ago

road biking
2 months ago

Did the shuttle to Whitetop and rode downhill back to Damascus. Thought I would lose my teeth it was so bumpy. Fast too. Definitely more brakes than pedaling. Couple days later did Damascus to Abingdon and enjoyed that section much more. Required more work of course but it was a great ride. More varied and actually could look around at the scenery without worrying about bouncing off my bike at full speed.

rails trails
2 months ago

rails trails
2 months ago

rails trails
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

rails trails
3 months ago

Awesome!! Hope to ride again!!

mountain biking
3 months ago

To bike this trail in the fall is pure magic. There is no other way to describe it. A gentle coasting ride through a forest of amazing fall foliage while crossing surreal old bridges and streams.

3 months ago

Whether you are hiking, running, or biking, this trail offers serenity.

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

awesome trail! i love all the scenery changes and the abingdon winery was a great stopping point in the middle

road biking
4 months ago

Great ride, crowded at times. We did this during a National Trails Day celebration, used the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop in Abingdon, great service, great equipment. They shuttled us a half hour to Whitetop Station for the start of our downhill to Damascus, and they can pick you up there to take you back to Abingdon or you can ride all the way back the full 34 miles, which we did. Lots of cool trestles to cross, lots of other riders to navigate at times, this is a rails to trails thoroughfare. Half way to Damascus we stopped for some hot dogs from a local church. Great lunch on the trail. Most of the trail is along crushed cinder gravel which will fly up into your eyes so recommend wearing sunglasses, and if it gets wet, which it did in our case, it will get all over your seat and back if you don't have fenders. We stayed dry to Damascus and started enjoying the Trail Days Parade when the heavens opened up with heavy downpours that lasted about an hour. People were going crazy, especially the crowd in tent city. When the rains let up, we ventured on to Abingdon, and navigated the wet spots in the trail. It started drying out by the time we got to Alvarado, and the sun finally came back out. Some really beautiful views along the way, we got the 11AM shuttle to the top, and started down at noon, stopped in Damascus two hours later, and after the downpour, arrived back in Abingdon at around 6PM, so plan for 5-7 hours for the whole trip. And be prepared for the uphill the last 8 miles, had to go down two gears to keep pace. Overall a great experience, and everyone can do the 17 miles to Damascus. Enjoy!

4 months ago

4 months ago

awesome Trail the only downside is that it's heavily traveled. Lots cool trestles to cross. it is not a difficult Trail. it's very easy as it's a Rails to Trails project.

4 months ago