Visiting the Creeper for the First Time
If you're going to be in southwest Virginia, you owe it to yourself to check out the Virginia Creeper Trail. The most common activity on the trail for first time visitors is biking the section from Whitetop down to Damascus. Bike rental companies in Damascus and Abingdon will shuttle you to the top of the mountain for an easy 15 mile coast/pedal down to Damascus.
The ride takes anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on your pace. Stops along the way include the old railroad station at Green Cove, operated by the US Forest Service; check out the high trestle at Creek Junction, where the trail runs beside some of the best trout fishing in Virginia; or stop for a bite of lunch in the community of Taylor's Valley.
If you choose to ride the section between Abingdon and Damascus, you'll have the experience of passing over the longest trestle on the trail as it crosses the Middle and South Forks of the Holston River at their confluence. You'll also be able to stop at the newly built Alvarado Station, a replica of the one that served the Virginia-Carolina Railroad. Mark, at Old Alvarado Station next door, serves some of the best BBQ you'll ever taste.
The ads on the front page of our website are sponsored by several of the area businesses that operate shuttles, rent bikes, and offer lodging. We urge you to patronize them and please let them know you learned about them from the Virginia Creeper Trail Club.