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 Edition.
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  • This mostly downhill ride is on an old railroad bed. As a result, it is not smooth and not paved. The riding is easy and you must pedal - but no pressure. We took about 3 hours although it can be...  more »
  • We rode the Virginia Creeper from Damascus to White Top and back in frigid temps in January 2020. The advantage is that there were very few people around. That section of the trail is very well...  more »
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