Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail

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Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail is a 33.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 33.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,368 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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wheelchair friendly

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horseback riding

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nature trips

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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
3 days ago

Fantastic trails! Beautiful scenery! Very well marked!! Cant wait to come back!!!!

mountain biking
14 days ago

One of my all-time favorite places/experiences. Rent bikes from an outfitter in Damascus and they will shuttle you to the top of Mount Rogers. Then, enjoy the 17-mile, gentle downhill ride through old farms, alongside a river, through shaded woodlands, over bridges. Just gorgeous.

trail running
22 days ago

Imagine a well groomed fire road, with trellis bridges over streams. Great running trail, couple toilet stations near Whitetop end. Great food in Damascus. Love it! #yetiarmy

mountain biking
1 month ago

White top to Damascus section. This section will have you on the brakes more than the peddles. If you want to go on a bike ride without getting any exercise this is a trail for you! We liked the the Abingdon to Damascus scenery better but this section is has its views too.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Abingdon to Damascus section. The scenery is spectacular! The trail cuts in and out of tree covered wooded areas then into sunny meadows with active farms and cows grazing on the hillside. We started in Abingdon and rode to Damascus which is an easy ride but coming back is slightly uphill. The trail itself is packed down but there are occasional muddy spots.

Another great day on the Creeper the only thing that changed is the busy road crossing now you go under the road

3 months ago

Very cool trail built on an old railroad bed...therefore the ride slopes versus going up and down hills. There are many points of entry besides Abingdon, Whitetop and Damascus. From Whitetop to Damascus is downhill entirely and it's more than the usual 2% railroad grade. Many people do this section as it takes 45 minutes to an hour to trek 17 miles... Then they get on facebook and brag about riding 17 miles when in fact they coasted 17 miles. Damascus to Whitetop is much more challenging and can take 3 hours or more. From Damascus to Abingdon is about the 2% railroad grade, therefore you can't really coast... as you are always pedaling... Not strenuous but good for the legs and heart. It's the same for Abingdon to Damascus... Just enough grade to keep pedaling. It almost feels like it's uphill both ways. There are plenty of places to eat and get water in Damascus and there's an eatery in Alvarado. Bring water however... especially on Sunday... Many trail stops aren't open... This is an easy ride for kids and the trail is kid friendly. All in all, one of the best bike trails around.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is such a fun place to bike! It’s a definite if you’re in the area. Make reservations with a shuttle company, in advance, during busy seasons!

trail running
8 months ago

I primarily use the Creeper for trail running, but have biked and even gone swimming in some great swimming holes along the trail. The Virginia Creeper is gorgeous, and offers a variety of great views no matter which section you are on. I love the farms and trestles on the Abingdon section the most.

9 months ago

Just biked from White Top, down to Damascus, was very new to biking a trail. I had a super fun day of biking, Our trail was about 17 miles downhill, the views were beautiful and the rental place we used was phenomenal, awesome trek, would do it again!

horseback riding
9 months ago

A nice trail to ride horses on. I recommend riding during Winter months and on weekdays, because of the heavy traffic of bikes.

10 months ago


10 months ago

I love it

mountain biking
11 months ago

I’ve biked this beautiful trail many times, some going up from Damascus to White Top and back, but most just down after taking the shuttle up. When taking visitors to this region, most say it’s the highlight of their visit. Even on the hottest summer day, at altitude, you’ll encounter a comfortable shaded cooler trek down, so bring a windbreaker. Lots of photo opportunities on the rocky stream. Enjoy!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

We biked Damascus up to White Top. Took us about 3 hours. The last 3 miles kicked our butts but felt so good to get to the top. We started at mile marker 17 and ended at 33 I believe. The ride down to was a crazy!!!!! Fun but crazy. We were down in about 1 hour. The bridges and views are awesome. The next day we started at trail head in Abingdon and went to Damascus and back. Again the bridges and views were amazing. So in about 31 hours we did about 65 miles. This is an awesome experience. Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks. Not much along the way to get those essentials.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

When I did Whitetopto Damascus I thought I was in biking heaven then I found the open glades and varied terrain of the leg from Abingdon to Damascus. Much more open and still follows rushing waters and trestles galore. Dont miss scenic trestle 7 and the long ride over trestle 12. Wide open spaces , Rock walled forest trails and dense forest trails to hide from the sun a perfect mix. If you're planning your stay investigate rooms along the trail maybe even bikepack it. Have fun don't miss this one.

Friday, July 06, 2018

love this trail. plan a stop at Alvaro for some desserts!!

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rented a bike and rode 17 miles of the trail downhill to Damascus from White Top. Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Great family outing if you have younger kids. Scenic views along the river were amazing in places.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Great trail for all skill levels.

mountain biking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

It was so much fun!

road biking
Monday, October 09, 2017

This is a great biking/walking jogging trial. Take a trolly to the top of the mountain and ejoy the views as you cruise 17 miles downhill. Great stopping point at the middle grab a bite to eat and a break then back to finish the other half light incline but nothing too bad. The trail is mainly gravel or pressed dirt can be dusty and a bit rocky at times but a great ride.

mountain biking
Monday, August 14, 2017

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

road biking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Awesome!! Hope to ride again!!

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

road biking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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!

Friday, May 19, 2017

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.

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