Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Damascus

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A path that crosses the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail runs 56 km (35 mi) through the forests of southwestern Virginia. Portions of the trail are laid atop reconstructed train trestles through the trees and over rolling hills. Visitors on foot and horseback follow Laurel Creek up to the elevated town of Whitetop. Cyclists can take a shuttle to Whitetop and enjoy the descent. In remembrance of the trail's past as a rail line, a 4-8-0 steam engine marks the trailhead. Restored stations, as well as two cabooses, line the trail. The innovative attraction is an ecological way to preserve the railroad line. Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Damascus Edition.
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  • The creeper ride is always fantastic and I a must do if you are in the area. Have ridden it in April and July and October and while the scenery is always spectacular the business of the trail can be q...  more »
  • The trail was incredible! Who wouldn't love a bike ride where you mostly coast! The scenery was beautiful. The town was very quaint and all the restaurants had great food. The local residents and busi...  more »
  • I have been back and forth between my home in Massachusetts and my aging parents home in Tennessee for almost three years now, helping them through illness, operations, etc. This bike trail has intrig...  more »
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