“A former railroad converted into multi-use running and biking trail.”
— Thomas Birch
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The Virginia Creeper Trail is a multi-purpose rail trail. This trail runs from Whitetop, Virginia, near the North Carolina state line through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail at several trail junctions through Damascus, VA (Trail Town USA) and onto its end point in Abingdon, VA.
Need to Know
The trail is multi-use and is popular with cyclists. There are shuttle services provided by several outfitters in Damascus, VA to several points along the trail.
This trail follows the former Virginia Creeper railroad bed. The trail descends steadily from the NC State line near Whitetop Station, VA to Abingdon, VA. The trail surface is wide and paved with cinders.
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.
Flora & Fauna
The trail passes through the Appalachian Mountain forest. In spring there are numerous rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels in bloom along the route.
History & Background
This trail follows the path of the Virginia Creeper Railroad. There are several of the old stations that can be visited along the route.