Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled streams, to its midway point at Damascus. Beyond town, the scenery calms, taking in chocolate-box views of barn-dotted fields, fat cows, and wide, lazy rivers.
The best tactic to ride this trail is to take a shuttle from Abingdon or Damascus to the mountaintop, then enjoy the descent. Surface: Cinder and crushed stone, manageable even after heavy downpours. At worst the footing is sandy."