Virginia Creeper Trail: Damascus to Whitetop

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Jefferson National Forest

Virginia Creeper Trail: Damascus to Whitetop is a 17.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Damascus, Virginia that features a river 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.

Length17.1 miElevation gain2,112 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashKid friendlyBackpackingCampingFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBike touringBird watchingRunningForestRails trailsRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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Please note this trail is mostly paved, but has some gravel sections. The difficulty rating is related to mountain biking, this would be a hard hike.

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Jamie Manning
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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matthew arduino
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Dip half the the Virginia Creeper trail

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Marilyn Hitesman
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Mountain bikingGreat!

started out in damascus with my beach bike. did about 5 miles. mostly coasting! very comfortable. turned around, realizing I'd have more uphill on the way back. looking forward to doing this trail with my mountain bike at a later date. will definitely start in Damascus. went on Easter Sunday afternoon. very little traffic!

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Kim Shahbazi
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Mountain bikingGreat!

We did Abington to Damascus portion and it was beautiful. We crossed several bridges and went through a few wide open fields where the views were amazing!!

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Greg Feightner
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Faith Mabe
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Yui Y
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Kristi Arnold
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Tiffany A
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Steve Ellis
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Paddle sports
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kyle walker
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Istvan Karsai
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Bryan Stevenson
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Karen Stitt
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Mountain biking
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Nishant Narula
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Amazing nature views and must do bicycle trail.

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Lesley Reeser
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Mountain bikingGreat!

We biked it, and loved it. Made a full 5.5 hour day out of it by stopping a lot to take pictures and having a picnic lunch on the rocks at the river.

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John Jancasz
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Kristen Greeson
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Randy McGuire
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Great workout riding up the mountain but only ride up during the week. Way too much bike traffic on the weekends. Great fun, fast ride coming back down. Damascus is a great little town. Lots of great bike shops.

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Gary Cunningham
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Great bike ride.

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Josh McIntyre
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Mountain biking

Beautiful trail back and forth on trestle bridges over river- all downhill for 17 miles. Crowded but manageable.

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Cary Marmion
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Mountain biking
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Michelle Hammett
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Tony Sax
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Bike touringGreat!

Always a great ride. Chilly at the top but gets warmer as you go down. Relatively rocky but nothing crazy.

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Joel W.
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Barrett Homer
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Mountain biking

Nice bit too crowded

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Steve Dolan
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Fishing
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Polly Dornette
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david coffelt
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Mountain biking

Rode on Saturday and Sunday. Nice trail crowded on Labor Day weekend. Rockier than I remember from a few years ago but a enjoyable ride.

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George Becht
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