Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,118' 341 m
Descent: -2,599' -792 m
High: 3,629' 1,106 m
Low: 1,753' 534 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“A former railroad converted into multi-use running and biking trail.”— Thomas Birch
The trail passes several of the original stations of the Virginia Creeper Railroad which are now visitors centers for the trail. Several restored trestles have been incorporated into the trail on the many crossings of Whitetop Laurel Creek and Holston River along the route.
The town of Damascus, VA is 17 miles into the route and is known as Trail Town USA, home of the annual Trail Days celebration. Beyond Damascus, the trail follows river banks and goes through pastoral field as the trail crosses through the Great Valley. The terminus of the trail is in Abingdon, VA.
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Land Manager: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area