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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  • Best bike trip in my life. Very beautiful, gentle downhill sloped trail, mostly in shade and with beautiful creek nearby, which is crossed over many bridges.  more »
  • Love this trail. This is the second time I've ridden it, the first being 13 years ago when we last visited the area. I'm not sure if Covid has prevented some trail maintenance or if it is always has.....  more »

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