30 Things to Do on the Virginia Creeper Trail

In honor of the Virginia Creeper Trail’s 30th Anniversary, we’ve put together a list of 30 things to do on the trail.

 

30 Things to Do to Celebrate

The Virginia Creeper Trail’s 30th Anniversary

 

  1. Bike all or part of the beautiful 34-mile trail!
  2. Attend the Virginia Creeper Fest on April 29th in Abingdon.
  3. Visit one of our local bike shops for bike repair, pro tips and services.
  4. Learn about the fascinating history behind the Creeper Trail from Ed Davis, co-author of The Creeper Trail Companion, on April 29th.
  5. View the O. Winston Link photography exhibit at the Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center at the Abingdon trail head.
  6. Stay at one of the numerous local inns, cottages, and bed & breakfast establishments in Abingdon…some directly adjacent to the trail!
  7. View “The Mollie,” the restored locomotive on display at the Abingdon trailhead, beside the Welcome Center.
  8. Rent a cabin along the trail in Damascus.
  9. Become a Creeper Keeper! Volunteer with the Creeper Trail Club to help maintain and preserve the trail.
  10. Take a self-guided nature walk along the trail. Grab a free guide at the Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center in Abingdon.
  11. Visit Green Cove Station and tour the former Railroad Depot, store, post office & Western Union.
  12. Enjoy local brews and wines (but not on your bike!) at the Abingdon Winery in Alvarado, the Damascus Brewery or Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon.
  13. Have a picnic at the Taylor Read Memorial Picnic Shelter in Alvarado or near the red caboose in Damascus Town Park.
  14. Stop in at the Visitor’s Center at White Top Station in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, before you head down the mountain.
  15. Don’t miss your chance to ride with the trail’s very own trail ambassador, Lawrence Dye, on April 29th or July 29th. See if you can keep up with the 85-year-old legend who has already logged 192,000 miles on the Creeper Trail!
  16. Kayak on Whitetop Laurel Creek. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2026
  17. Become a member of the Creeper Trail Club at the Welcome Center or by visiting vacreepertrail.org.
  18. Browse local artisan shops in Damascus and Abingdon including Holston Mountain Artisans, just a short walk from the Abingdon trail head.
  19. Fish the streams that run along and near the Creeper Trail. Whitetop Laurel Creek is home to some of the best flyfishing in Virginia.
  20. Grab a bite and browse the shops of downtown Damascus, VA, aka Trail Town USA!
  21. Attend the famous Trail Days celebration in Damascus, May 19-21, 2017. Meet Appalachian Trail through-hikers, and celebrate the AT with local residents.
  22. Take advantage of the spectacular scenery and outdoor opportunities within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Hike, swim, rock climb and more.
  23. Camp at nearby Beartree Campground in Mount Rogers NRA. Tent and RV campers are welcome. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/beartree/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70788
  24. Bring your horse for a unique trail experience
  25. Take a zipline tour at Creeper Trail Zipline near Whitetop. http://www.creepertrailbikerental-shuttle.com/creeper_zipline/creeper_zipline.html

 

  1. Visit the Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center at the Abingdon trailhead for trail information, merchandise and mementos (and enjoy an extra 10% off during the Festival!)
  2. Hike the Appalachian Trail (or just a part of it!). There are several AT loops off of the Creeper Trail that make great day hikes.
  3. See if you can spot the native Virginia Creeper vine that grows along the trail. (Hint: this will be easier in the fall, when the leaves turn bright red.)
  4. On your way up or down, stop in for a bite at one of the small, locally owned eateries right along the trail including Damascus, Taylor’s Valley, Alvarado Station and Abingdon.
  5. Share your trail stories and photos on social media with the hashtag #VAcreeper and #VAoutdoors