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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!
Hiked this on April 22. Started at Chestnut Hollow Campground in Grayson Highlands so it added an extra mile or so to the total. Hike started about 0830 from the Campgrounds as I had met a friend there and we camped the night before there. Weather was looming and we knew we were going to get wet but had this trip on the calendar for months so there was no turning back. Very overcast but the views on the way up were spectacular none the less. Saw more hikers than we expected given the weather. There is no view from the summit as you are in a spruce/fir forest (which in itself is very worth the hike). On the way back down the sky opened and the bottom fell out but at least we were on the way back down. Backcountry Navigator Pro (I love this app) showed we made it to the summit in 1 hour 50 minutes moving time with an extra 31 minutes of stop time for picture taking. We were surprised at the abundance of rocky terrain encountered halfway through which combined with the wet conditions from previous rain did slow us down a bit. Overall a very good hike and well worth it!