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VERY STRENUOUS!! Make sure you have enough water! My husband and I did this trail last year, great experience but will not do again. We were diverted off trail by Park Rangers due to a deceased hiker along the trail which made the trail twice as difficult. Once we made it back onto the trail we were on our way back up. We climbed up rocks for a good solid hour, I thought I would never see the end but seeing a HUGE bear definitely put a pep in our step to finish! All in all, great views, challenging hike, but make sure you are capable and prepared!

was a fun hike. gradual climb until about the last .07. Then it gets to where it might be somewhat challenging for some. (climbing on rocks). Will definitely do this one again

Gorgeous views, hard rock scramble

Gorgeous trail! Love the "waterslide" rock at the top

off road driving
1 day ago

Great run, but the mileage is closer to 4 than 5. Advise going when it's been dry for a few days. It holds some water in low areas causing some slippery and muddy spots.

You will need an access pass or have a Virgina Hunting or Fishing license

hiking
1 day ago

Great ride, crowded at times. We did this on National Trails Day, 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!

most bizarre landscape I had ever seen at the time. beautiful scenery

Great hike! Met amazing hikers, saw 2 bears up close, great waterfalls and cliff dived!