FAQ: Using the Virginia Creeper Trail during COVID-19

Updated February 22, 2021

The Virginia Creeper Trail is open; however, facilities and services along the trail are limited. The Center for Disease Control’s guidelines related to social distancing will be required for use of the trail during the COVID-19 pandemic along with other steps aimed at protecting public health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Virginia Creeper Trail open?

    Yes. The trail and all access points are open.

    In compliance with the CDC’s guidelines, all trail users should maintain physical distancing, including maintaining at least six feet distance between individuals and others who are not in the same party.

    We encourage users to wear face coverings. Face coverings may be removed while exercising as long as physical distancing is observed.

Creeper Trail Trestle at Smith Farm Fall 2019 by Scott Wilson

What are the hours of the Virginia Creeper Trail?

The Virginia Creeper Trail is open dawn to dusk, all year long.  Certain amenities, such as welcome centers, restrooms, and interpretive centers may have seasonal hours.

Are bathrooms and all other trail facilities open or closed?

At this time, the following bathroom facilities are open- Abingdon Trailhead, Glenrochie Country Club Crossing, and Alvarado Station. 

All visitors should bring their own water and hand sanitizer. Most trash receptacles will not be available so trail users should plan to “pack-in and pack-out”. 

Are shuttle services operational?

We encourage you to reach out to individual businesses for the most up to date information. Visit https://www.vacreepertrail.org/plan-your-visit/bike-shops-outfitters/ for a list of bike shops and outfitters.

As a trail user, what are my responsibilities to myself and others?

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if you have a fever or other coronavirus symptoms or an underlying health condition, you should NOT be on the trail
  • Please follow the current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines:
    • Maintain at least six feet distance between yourself and others who are not in your same party.
  • Please consider other trail users -- especially those behind you -- and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • We encourage you to wear face coverings. Face coverings may be removed while exercising as long as physical distancing is observed.

While on the trail, what are some important points to remember?

  • ALWAYS call out when passing on the left whether biking, running or walking and allow extra time to do so.
  • Please allow others to pass through any narrow trail sections FIRST to provide for 6' distancing.
  • Avoid touching smooth surfaces such as interpretive signs, kiosks, trashcan handles, and trestle & mile markers.

Will there be trail maintenance and bike patrols?

  • Trail maintenance will be limited.
  • Bike patrols will return to the trail when it is safe to do so.

Where should I park?

Please park in designated areas only. If the trail head or other access points are busy, please consider returning at another time or finding another location to enter/exit the trail.

Can I bring my dog?

Of course! But they must remain on a 6’ or shorter leash at all times. We require all owners clean up after their dogs.

Is there cell service along the trail?

Cell service is very limited and can be considered “spotty at best”. There is service in Abingdon and Damascus, however there is no service from Whitetop to Damascus (nor will there be bike patrols. In the event of an emergency, you will have to rely on someone in your party or passers-by to summon help.)

Who should I contact with questions about the trail?

Visit https://vacreepertrail.org/ for more information about the trail. 

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