Things to Do - Crush Friday in Abingdon
Are you ready to CRUSH your Fridays?
Last year 54% of Americans left a total of 662 million vacation days unused. What would you rather be doing- working or taking a day off to go biking on a mountaintop?
American workers- especially Millennials- are bad at taking a break. Blame it on the fact that many are just starting their careers and are eager to impress. Blame their smaller budgets. But mostly, blame the internet. Because employees can always log on, they’ve forgotten how to log off. The irony is that if they had stepped away from their laptops to hit the beach or take a hike, they would be more creative, more productive and more likely to get a promotion.
Try it for yourself. Ask your boss for a day off. It’s time to take a well-deserved day—and crush it.
Come experience how much better your Friday can be when you trade 8 hours of work for 24 hours to experience all Abingdon has to offer.
It’s your Friday, CRUSH it.
CRUSH Friday with these trip ideas
Take a mellow float trip with Adventure Mendota, offering kayak rentals on the North Fork of the Holston River. This Class I/Class II river is perfect for recreational kayaking; the water’s gentle flow ensures your first kayak trip will be as good as your next ten. No experience necessary.
Climb nearly 500 routes at Hidden Valley Lake, or try some of the best bouldering in Virginia at Grayson Highlands State Park. Don’t panic if you forgot something, local outfitter Highlands Ski and Outdoor Center has you covered. They’ll even loan you replacement gear if you have a problem covered by warranty, so you don’t have to miss a moment of your trip.
Abingdon is the trailhead for the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, a former railroad line that used to carry coal and lumber down from the mountains of SW Virginia. Now it’s a popular biking and recreation trail that travels 34 miles through beautiful mountain scenery, over dozens of trestle bridges.
Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop can outfit you with a bike, helmet, and water bottle. Best of all? They offer a shuttle package that will drop you off at Whitetop Station, the highest point on the trail. You’ll coast downhill for 17 miles through Jefferson National Forest to Damascus, VA. From there, you can pick up the shuttle back to Abingdon, or bike another 17 miles through rolling countryside.
Head to Wolf Hills Brewing for live music, craft beer, and food truck cuisine from Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos. Try the Wolf’s Den IPA or Martha Washington ESB (the first beer to be served at the Martha Washington Inn post-Prohibition), some of the dozen or more beers that pay homage to Abingdon’s 250-year history.