Virginia Creeper Trail - TRAIL

Virginia Creeper Trail - Trail, Abingdon, Virginia

level and great for beginners

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rangelinenaturepreserve   Racer [Nov 30, 2014]

There are 47 trestles in the 34 mile trail. So you are always crossing bridges (or so it seems). The trail runs from Abingdon, VA to Whitetop, VA with Damascus being approximately the halfway point. The longer taller trestles are between Abingdon and Damascus and there are 16 of them. However the scenery is much better from Damascus to Whitetop with another 31 smaller trestles that look like nothing more than a simple bridge (except for one big one near Whitetop). Nonetheless, the ride was well worth our 7 hour drive.

The trail tread is cinder and rides much like crushed limestone. It can be ridden with almost any bike. We had full suspension mountain bikes, but that's just what we own. A hard tail would have probably been more efficient. We saw hybrids. The trail is not difficult or rough. We rode uphill to Whitetop in 6 inches of snow. Coming back down took more concentration due to the ruts and footprints in the snow washing out the front tire. I'm sure it's easy in the summer when it's dry. The downhill was well worth cranking up it.

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My recommended route is different than most, I agree that beginner riders should take a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop. For anyone who rides more than once per week with moderate effort, this will not be much of a challenge. We stayed in Damascus, rode to Abingdon and back, stayed the night, and rode to Whitetop and back the next day. Since this was our first ride on this trail, that worked out great because we stopped to take photos so often. It would have made for a very long day if we tried to ride it all (out and back both ways, 68mi) in one day. Now that we have seen it all, we will ride the whole thing in one day the next time. We will probably still stay in Damascus. We found a nice place called Old Mill Inn with clean rooms and a good restaurant. It's real close to the trail and makes for a good "home base" to pick up supplies and eat lunch. It's only a 30 mile round trip to Abingdon and back. Eat lunch at the Old Mill Inn, head on to Whitetop, then return back "home" to Damascus. The return is all downhill. Note: we did not see any sources of water. They were many closed restaurants and bike shops. The only place for water we found in November when we rode it was Damascus Old Mill Inn and 128 Pecan on Abingdon. I assume there are more during the summer.

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-sparky-   Cross Country Rider [Jul 18, 2013]

This is a great trail to bring the wife and kids along on.From White top to Damascus it's just coasting.Anyone regardless of age or skill level can ride this trail.If you decide to ride uphill I recommend going on a weekday.It is not a difficult climb just a easy, enjoyable but constant climb.

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For anyone that's wanting to rent bikes to ride this trail I would highly recommend Trailside Bike Shop located in Green Cove "just below White top".They have some of the best rates and friendly service you will encounter on the Creeper Trail.If you would like their contact information get in touch with me and I can give it to you.Also if you are in the area and wanting to do some more challenging riding talk to the owner and he can arrange for you to go on some very good rides.

Similar Products Used: Iron Mountain Trails
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TrailRiderNC   Weekend Warrior [May 11, 2013]

fine crushed stone, not over 5% grade. Whitetop to Damascus all down hill. Damascus to Abington some up some down.

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Whitetop to Damascus is unbelievable, picked up shuttle in Damascus. All downhill, not at all difficult, but it is mostly all in National Forest and parallels a beautiful stream. Over 30 tresstle crossing back and forth mountain streams. The town of Damascus is a real friendly place with several B&Bs and one historic inn with a handful of rooms. We stayed at the inn, Damascus Old Mill which overlooks a wide waterfall. Also has restaurant with a lot of outdoor seating.
Next day we took Abington to Damascus. Not difficult some uphill some downhill

Similar Products Used: Virginia Creeper Trail is 34 miles long. Good for a couple of days.
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kapusta   Weekend Warrior [Sep 13, 2012]

This trail is awesome for what it is: A VERY easy rails-to-trail in some gorgeous scenery. The 17 miles from White Top to Damascus is all down, you barely pedal the entire time. It's a hoot, just don't take it (or yourself) too seriously. Keep in mind that 98% of the people are taking the shuttle and riding down, so trying to ride up it is going to make you very frustrated on a weekend when it is packed full of people who have no idea what side to be on.

This is great to take kids on, or really anyone who can stay upright on a bike. Got a friend that is totally out of shape and not riden a bike for 10 years? Perfect.

I bring my wife there, pack a picnic, some wine, and chill in one of the many beautiful spots to hang out in. We really got a kick out of sitting on a bench and watching every shape, size, and age of person go by, on everything from high end CF bikes to rusty old hulks of dept bikes which are probably seeing more miles that day then in the previous 10 years. And EVERYONE has a grin on their face (except the racer-types stupid enough to try to climb up it on a crowded day, they were clearly not enjoying themselves)

If you are looking for some adrenaline rush or a challenge of any sort, this is NOT the place for you.

As far as what bike to bring, you can ride about anything. A fat tire cruiser is about perfect, but make sure the fenders and basket are tight, or they will rattle quite a bit.

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White Top to Damascus is the really easy, no effort route. We went on to Abingdon, but it was no the most interesting, and you had to pedal the whole way. Not that I mind pedaling (I climb 1000's of feet most rides), but just not what I go to this trail for. I think the New River Trail is more interesting than the Damascus to Abington part of the Creeper Trail.

Similar Products Used: Like this? New River Trail.
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muttlover   Weekend Warrior [Feb 16, 2011]

Beautiful trail, but don't let a bridge railing catch your handlebar. I was looking around, enjoying the ride, and boom! I was on the ground with a broken "greater tuberosity of the left humerus" (my left shoulder) and a cracked rib and a cracked pubic bone.

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fluid_glass   Cross Country Rider [Dec 04, 2010]

My family came down to Abingdon for Thanksgiving and we rode the trail the follow day. I can imagine it being very scenic when the leaves are at their peak, but by late November all the leaves had fallen. The ride itself was very easy, even my 60 year old father could handle it - and he hasn't picked up a bike in over 3 years. Just a note, wet stone cinder can get pretty messy.

For a full account of my experience along with some pictures,
check out the post on my blog .

Customer Service

Whitetop Station to Damascus (first 17 miles), and then continue on the Abingdon for the first 34. Pick up a bite to eat in Damascus.

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atvsmurf   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2005]

Great ride!!! My wife and I parked at the Creeper Trail Bike Shop in Abingdon and they shuttled us to Whitetop for an easy ride through some of the most beautiful country anywhere. Don't be in too much of a hurry to stop and look at the scenery. There was such variety in riders from the really old dude in tights to the young'uns in jeans, so don't worry about your skill level as no skill is necessary for the ride from Whitetop to Damascus. If you ride the entire 35 miles to Abingdon you will need a little stamina. The ride from Damascus to Abingdon is a different ride than the first leg. It is from level to slightly uphill all the way and the country side is a different world than the first part. The entire ride took 5 1/2 hours and we even stopped for an hour at In the Country for lunch. I don't think it was too bad of a time for a couple of newbies(only been back into riding for a month) but i will put off the second half of the trail 'till I get my legs in better shape.

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jerseyboy   Weekend Warrior [Nov 16, 2004]

Stay away from the creeper trail on the weekends. Overweight, inexperienced riders are bused to the top and come careening down the mountain. It's dangerous and many riders are loud and inconsiderate. It's a great, beautiful ride up if were not for all the noise a traffic.

Customer Service

Damascus to White Top Station.

Similar Products Used: New River trail is much better. Brush and Gap mountain in Montgomery County
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jtbmtbiker   Downhiller [May 16, 2004]

long but the swimmig holes are fun

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down

Similar Products Used: none
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Mark Gates   [Jul 25, 2001]

First of all, a good book to have along with you is The Virginia Creeper Trail Companion by Edward H. Davis and Edward B. Morgan. A good website is Cherry Creek Cyclery's (http://www.cccyclery.com/vacrep.htm). Check out these beforehand to better appreciate the history and get a feel for the trail. (The book is available on that website.)
Really nice ride, though a bit dusty (I had my front bearings seize because of dust). Especially cool are the variety of trestles you must cross, namely the curved trestle that carries you over farmland, and the tall South Holston River trestle. Very scenic, must be gorgeous in the fall. We were going to ride from Whitetop to Abingdon, then back to Damascus, but we wussed out halfway on the return to Damascus (we used the thunderstorm that was looming as an excuse). Mainly because my crotch was hurting so bad (make sure you have a comfy seat if you still wanna have kids, guys). But if you're in better shape than I am (which is very likely), you shouldn't have much trouble. I'm by no means an expert on this trail, but if you have any questions, email me at the above address.

Customer Service

Start at Whitetop Gap and ride it downhill all the way to Abingdon (get someone to shuttle your vehicle(s), unless you want a long uphill slog back up to Whitetop).

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