Virginia Creeper Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down through 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 White-top Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, Virginia. The Va Creeper Trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
The trail is possibly the easiest, prettiest mountain bike ride you will ever encounter. The Va Creeper Trail, which is actually the “retired” railway corridor of the Virginia – Carolina Railroad, has become one of the most popular bicycling trail destinations in the eastern United States. With its gently descending grade and well-groomed surface, lending itself perfectly to downhill adventures, the Virginia Creeper Trail is an attractive mountain-bike ride for cyclists of diverse abilities.
Multiple commercial bike shops in town offer daily regularly scheduled bicycle shuttle service to White top Station for families, individuals, and groups to the top of the Creeper Trail (and many points along the way). Bring your camera because you won’t want to miss anything! This is a truly unique experience as your troop or family can enjoy a leisurely 20 miles ALL DOWN HILL bike ride on a easy trail.
While there check out “The Shortest Tunnel in the World”. In the early 1900s when timber harvesting was a primary industry, a 20-foot-long hole had to be blasted through rock to accommodate the railroad. After the blast and the track was laid, the train engine’s smoke stack could not pass through. The tunnel’s top had to be hand-chiseled to solve the problem. A recreation area offers camping, rappelling, and fishing as well as hiking with one trail leading across the top of the rock, and the other taking you to the 45-foot Backbone Falls. Two double campsites and trails connecting to the Appalachian Trail. Picnic pavilions may be re-served for a fee.
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 and family will talk about for a long time.