The Virginia Creeper Trail was originally a train route and is now a 34 mile pedestrian recreational path that leads from Abingon, VA through Damascus, VA and on to Whitetop Station near the North Carolina border. The hiking, biking and horseback riding simply can’t be beat. The weather here is amazing most of the year and ideal for outdoor activities. I spent most of my life in this area and have traveled this trail many times and it never gets old.
There are so many things to see, it is one of the most peaceful treks you’ll take while still being close to civilization. The best way to experience it at first, in my humble opinion, is to do just half of the trail from Whitetop Station to Damascus. If you drive to Damascus, you can rent bikes from one of the local companies and they’ll shuttle you up the mountains to Whitetop Station. From there it’s pretty much all a smooth downhill ride where you can go at any pace you choose. I took some of the following photos and others I found from other places to give you a good year-round look at the area.
Here’s a map of the area
Whitetop Station – The Best Place to Begin
The Virginia Creeper Trail is truly a hidden gem of Southwestern Virginia. Nestled quietly along the borders of Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, most people never even know it’s there. Damascus is also a main station on the Appalachian Trail which usually overshadows the Virginia Creeper Trail except to those who call the area home.
Scenes from the Virginia Creeper Trail
I’m not saying the Virginia Creeper Trail is a reason to take a trip to southwestern Virginia, but if you are anywhere in the area and want a day to relax by taking in some of the most amazing natural scenery in the state, do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list. You’ll be glad you did. One of the best ways to experience southwestern Virginia is taking the scenic route down The Blue Ridge Parkway and then trading your car for a mountain bike and casually riding down the mountain on the Virginia Creeper Trail.
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