Virginia Creeper Trail

"The Most Beautiful Rail-Trail In the USA"

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Come take a leisurely trek down the Virginia Creeper Trail and enjoy possibly the easiest, prettiest mountain bike ride you will ever encounter. This 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.

We offer regularly scheduled shuttle service for families, singles or groups. Just give us a call or e-mail us and we'll take care of everything. Bring your camera because you won't want to miss anything! Read what Outside Magazine and  Cooperative Living Magazine are saying about us. View our photo gallery and our Virginia Creeper Trail slide show.

Creeper Trail GroupWould you like to ride two days on the Virginia Creeper Trail and extend your stay in Damascus? Want to ride something different? Want something a bit more challenging than the "upper" Creeper Trail? Check out the Abingdon to Damascus alternative for a welcome change. We also recommend Sun Dog Outfitter at Creeper Trail Depot for shuttle and rental needs for the Virginia Creeper Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Need some suggestions for other things to do in the area? Follow this link for suggestions about the Barter Theater in Abingdon, restaurants, Bristol Motor Speedway, Damascus stuff, music opportunities and lots of other fun things to do. Here's the link for other activities and lodging .

The Virginia Creeper Trail is a multi-use (mountain biking, hiking, equine) rails-to-trails conversion that stretches 33.4 miles from Abingdon through Damascus, Virginia and on through Washington County to the North Carolina line. The Va Creeper Trail links present day mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts with nature and history buffs as the trail travels along an old Indian path through some of southwest Virginia's finest countryside and highest, most gorgeous mountain scenery.

Before the biking trail and train rails were laid, Indians followed animal trails out of the Blue Ridge through the area to create a footpath westward. According to early records, Daniel Boone camped along the trail near Damascus as he traveled on his way to Kentucky.

By 1907, W.B. Mingea had constructed the Virginia Carolina Railroad from Abingdon to Damascus. In 1905 the line was extended by Hassinger Lumber Co. to Konnarock and Elkland, NC. It hauled lumber, iron ore, supplies and passengers.

The locals referred to the train that climbed eastward into the Iron Mountains as the "Virginia Creeper", a name taken from the native plant that grows along the route. A steam engine laboring up mountain grades with heavy loads of lumber, iron ore, supplies, and passengers was also a "virginia creeper" in every sense of the word.

By 1918 the line stretched 75 miles to Elkland, North Carolina, and included more than 100 trestles. Villagers out picking blackberries or elderberries along the tracks watched as stacks of red spruce, freshly cut from virgin forests high atop Mount Rogers, rumbled by on flatbed cars. Although beset by flood damage as well as economic problems associated with the Great Depression, the Virginia Creeper ran its last train on March 31, 1977.

Today thousands of people from all over the world travel to the towns along the Virginia Creeper Trail to experience an outdoor adventure; biking, hiking, birding, fishing, or just plain ol' relaxing. After a day filled with outdoor adventures vacationers find solice in the many wonderful dining, lodging and shopping opportunities in the area.

From Abingdon to Damascus, the trail right-of-way belongs to the two towns, but most of the actual land is private. While you do have the right to use the Creeper Trail across their property, please respect landowners. Stay on the Creeper Trail, close gates, keep your bicycles under control, keep dogs under control, don't frighten livestock and be friendly!

The Virginia Creeper Trail between Damascus and the North Carolina border, except for a short stretch through Taylor's Valley, is part of the Jefferson National Forest and is administered by the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area staff.

So, come to visit often, try something new, and enjoy all that the area offers. Our hometown, Damascus, is just a stones throw north of the Tennessee border, and is known as the "Heart of the Creeper Trail". Hopefully it will capture a little bit of your heart.

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