Virginia Creeper Trail

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

Distance34.0mi
Elevation Gain5,130ft
Trailhead Elevation1,910ft
Top3,600ft
Elevation Min/Max1910/3600ft
Elevation Start/End1910/1910ft

Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia Creeper Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington County and Grayson County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 34.0 miles long and begins at 1,910 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 37.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,130 feet. Whitetop Station Parking and another parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

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Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"The Virginia Creeper is the Old Dominion’s most celebrated rail trail. Today, you can walk this former railroad line through one of the most scenic watersheds in the state—Whitetop Laurel Creek. Traverse several trestles as the trail intertwines with the creek, deep in mountain fastness. Your return route uses America’s most famous footpath, the Appalachian Trail (AT). It offers a different perspective of this highland valley as it cruises upslope through a rocky gorge." Read more

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10/20/2014
Great bike trail. Beautiful scenery and easy ride.
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10/26/2009
Three generations of us (ages 12-72) took the shuttle to Whitetop and rode back to Damascus. We took the 10:00 am shuttle with Adventure Damascus and arrived back around 3:00 pm. We stopped frequently to enjoy the scenery plus had a great, leisurely lunch at Creeper Trail Cafe. We expected to bike all the way to Abingdon but if we had we would have missed so much of the scenery. We will definitely be back for the other half but in the summer next time so we can play in the creeks! Take in a play at The Barter if you can.
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6/1/2007
Great family ride! Took a shuttle from Damascus up to White Top. Rode down and had lunch at Damascus and then rode on to Abingdon.
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6/26/2006
The ride from Whitetop to Damascus is really easy. Coasting 90% of the way. The ride from Damascus to Abingdon is a gradual uphill. So gradual that it looks flat. Beautiful scenery on both legs of the trip.
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4/25/2006
My family and I went to the Damascus / Abingdon VA area over Easter Break for our vacation. Damascus is a Trail Town with the AT running right through town. Very cool. You can hike Southward on the Appalachian Trail out of Damascus 3.8 miles and hit the VA / TN line. As for the VA Creeper Trail.....Absolutely incredible. We enjoyed it so much, we did it twice. We started at Whitetop Station and ended up in Damascus. The scenery is gorgeous and you ride over several bridges/tressels. This is a must see and was truly worth the trip from Michigan. The ride up from Damascus to Whitetop Station is a fun and educational trip do to the drivers personalities. Also the AT shares the VA ceeper trail at many points, so you see the through and section hikers. The trail is all down hill to Damascas and has a restaurant 2/3 the way down for sandwiches in a little town. I rate it a 10 out of 10!!
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12/19/2005
Have done the trail's entire 34 miles many times. The shuttle services up to Whitetop Mt. are great, esp. Adventure Damascus. The ride down is fast and fun and very scenic. Wear a helmet and watch out for less experienced riders at breakneck speeds. Seasonal views change as tree leaves bloom out, or are changing colors, or have dropped all leaves. A trail for all seasons. Go following spring rains and see kayaks negotiating the turns near/under the trestles. A ride up the mountain is not bad, but not for a beginner. Allow about 3 hours. The trail headed west from Damascus is not so spectacular for the first 6 miles or so. Tends to be rough (small rocks and tree roots) near the river. After that it smooths out. The many trestles and flat lands to Abingdon are very nice. Suggest parking in Abingdon and ride 10-12 miles east toward Damascus and return for a relaxing 20-24 miles. The Creeper drains well, so the day or even hours after a hard rain won't be puddled. Many cell phone services are non-existent, especially on the Whitetop Mt. section.
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7/6/2004
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10/10/2002
This is a good day trip for the family or the elderly. The scenery is ok, but riding around the mountains surrounding Asheville, NC I guess I''m spoiled on that aspect. I went during the week when it was not very crowded. Everyone I encountered from the shuttle service and on the trail were very polite. There are also some nice places to stop along the way, including plenty of restrooms and a few places to break for lunch. It was a good relaxing day trip overall.
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9/18/2002
Without a doubt, more recreational bikers have gotten their first taste of off road bicycling on this trail than can be imagined. On the weekends the trail is very crowded with riders of all levels, but during the week this trail becomes a speed junky''s playground. 17 miles, nearly all downhill, and it is all yours. Nothing technically challenging, but I gar-un-tee it will leave you smiling. In town the guys at Adventure Damancus can get you to your starting location. If that''s not enough these guys can hook you up for a moon-light ride nearly every month of the year. If you want a good workout skip the shuttle ride and take your trusty two wheeler to the top. On the Abington end of the trail traffic is nearly non-exsistant, but there is this hugh honk''n bull who thinks it is his lot in life is to lay in the middle of the trail and lay brown bull bombs all over the place. Apart form that he is harmless. Go ride this rail trail and have a ball. That''s what it is there for!!
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Trail Information

Jefferson National Forest
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Route 1, Box 303, Marion, VA 24354; (276) 783-5196; www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
National Geographic Mount Rogers; USGS Konnarock
Local Maps

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Dec 2018