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Damascus

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Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. The population was 814 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kingsport - Bristol (TN) - Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City - Kingsport - Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area - commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.FestivalsDamascus is the home of the annual Trail Days festival, and is known as Trail Town USA due to the convergence of four scenic trails in the town, including the Appalachian Trail, U.S. Bicycle Route 76, The Iron Mountain Trail, and the Virginia Creeper Trail. Damascus also is on the route of the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail and the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail. The Trail Days festival is held around the middle of May each year and draws in excess of 20,000 tourists, making it the largest single gathering of Appalachian Trail hikers anywhere. During the festivals Hikers Parade on May 18, 2013, up to 60 people were injured when a car hit a crowd of people. Some victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance or helicopters, with some critically injured.
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Simple, hiker-friendly inns and guesthouses provide the most budget-friendly accommodations available in Damascus. Most offer pleasant rooms designed for short stays, as many guests stop off for just a night or two before following one of the four scenic trails passing through town. Reserve in advance if you're planning to visit in May, when the town hosts the annual Trail Days Festival.
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