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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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

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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.

rails trails
19 days ago

Awesome!! Hope to ride again!!

mountain biking
22 days 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.

23 days ago

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

mountain biking
23 days ago

26 days ago

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

road biking
30 days 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!

1 month ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Make a day of this one! Beautiful scenery abounds! We did this trail on bikes. Several shops are available for rental and are reasonably priced. (less than $30 including shuttle, some with 20% off midweek.) From Whitetop to Damascus is a fairly easy 2.5+ hour ride mostly along a gorgeous and pristine stream. Take time to stop in Damascus for a bite to eat. We stopped at Mojo's for a great sandwich. The ride from Damascus to Abingdon is more uphill and through more farmland. We chose to end our trip at Damascus. We will do this trip again!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Whitetop to Damascus is a great family bike trip with some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see! Can't wait to go back!

3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

great ride

mountain biking
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road biking
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mountain biking
7 months ago

I loved it. This was one of the best rides ever!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Even though it is a rail to trail, there was some serious elevation change. The scenery was great.