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Abingdon’s urban trout stream: the restoration of Wolf Creek

Urban trout fishing? The idea is surprising, but that’s exactly what Abingdon offers, thanks to a multi-year restoration of Wolf Creek, a spring-fed creek that runs through the historic Abingdon Muster Grounds.

Now that the restoration is complete, the stream will be stocked with trout, and visitors can cast a line while they take in the beauty and historic significance of the Muster Grounds. (Catch and release only, find more information on Virginia fishing licenses here.)

The Abingdon Muster Grounds are a 9-acre historical park located within the town limits of Abingdon, just 5 minutes from downtown.

Abingdon Muster Grounds aerial view Jesse Burke

Aerial view of the Abingdon Muster Grounds, photo by Jesse Burke

The restoration focused on the stretch of Wolf Creek which runs through the Abingdon Muster Grounds, a site which is owned by the Town of Abingdon and is certified by the National Park Service as the northern terminus of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.  This restoration project helped stabilize the stream bank, improve the hydrology, create habitat and re-introduce native species of plants and trees.  Now that the restoration is done, this section of Wolf Creek is a prime location to support the “Trout in the Classroom” program.

Rainbow trout

Biologists are experimenting with stocking native brook trout as well as brown trout and rainbow trout. Photo by Lisac Mark, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

During the Revolutionary War, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success, helping turn the tide of the war. As they gathered, or “mustered,” they would have camped on the banks of Wolf Creek. The new restoration, in addition to providing habitat for trout, helps recreate the look of the creek as the Overmountain Men would have known it.

Every year, reenactors celebrate the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780 with living demonstrations at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.

Every year, reenactors celebrate the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780 with living demonstrations at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.

A ribbon cutting will be held September 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., celebrating the completion of the Wolf Creek Stream Bank Restoration.  Many partners came together to restore the Wolf Creek stream bank, including: Town of Abingdon Virginia, Mountain Empire Chapter-Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Forestry, Upper Tennessee Roundtable, National Park Service-Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Carter Land and Water and the Virginia Chapter-Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

For more information,  call Leigh Ann Hunter at (276) 525-1050 or email

Where to view the solar eclipse in Abingdon

eclipse photoAbingdon will experience an almost total eclipse of the sun on Monday August 21, 2017 at 2:37pm.

It’s the event of a lifetime, and Abingdon is a great place to witness this amazing phenomenon. According to NASA’s interactive map, Abingdon will experience a 95% eclipse of the sun.  The eclipse will start around 1:00pm, and reach maximum coverage at 2:37pm, lasting a little over 2 minutes. It will take another hour or so for the partial eclipse to end, finishing around 4:00pm.

eclipse map

Sounds like a great excuse to take the afternoon off!  Head to one of these ideal viewing spots in Abingdon, then make it a day-long celebration with lunch beforehand or dinner after! We’ve compiled a list of restaurants open on Mondays.

NOTE: To safely enjoy the eclipse, be sure to take precautions, like purchasing light-filtering glasses. According to NASA, “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.”  You can purchase solar filter glasses at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, and join them for the Eclipse Party on the 21st!

If you choose to buy eclipse glasses online, visit the NASA site for a list of reputable vendors, and look for the ISO 12312-2 safety standard marking. Or, consider making a simple pinhole camera.


Great locations for eclipse viewing:


William King Museum of Art

415 Academy Dr NW, Abingdon, VA 24210

Located on one of the highest hills in Abingdon, the museum’s front lawn will provide a great view of the sky. On-site parking. The Museum is open until 5:00pm, so drop in and browse the exhibits while you are there – it’s free!


Veterans Memorial Park

425 Oakland St SW, Abingdon, VA 24210

Limited parking available at the park itself, or park at Food City for a short walk across Oakland Street to the park.

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Coomes Recreation Center

300 Stanley St, Abingdon, VA 24210

On-site parking.  Kids will enjoy the playground while waiting for the eclipse.


Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

1 Heartwood Cir, Abingdon, VA 24210

Heartwood is hosting a Solar Eclipse Party on the 21st, featuring a viewing on the front lawn, and optional eclipse themed lunch. Ample parking available at Heartwood, and at the adjoining Virginia Highlands Community College. Heartwood is open until 5:00pm with regional art, music and a full-service restaurant (restaurant closes at 3:00pm).

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

Restaurants open Monday


JJ’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

Sisters American Grill at The Martha

White Birch Food and Juice

Bonefire Smoke House

Heartwood Restaurant

Milano’s Italian Cuisine

The Tavern

The Peppermill

Zazzy’z Coffee House and Roastery

Shopping open Monday

The Candy Shed

Goodman Jewelers


Holston Mountain Artisans

Jeroleen’s Shed

Wolf Hills Antiques

Salt of the Earth


Celebrate the season with spring fling weekend April 16-17

The trees are blooming, the mountains are greening, and Abingdon is celebrating all weekend long, April 16-17. Spring events offer multiple ways to get outside and enjoy the spring, with activities for all ages.

Abingdon encourages visitors to go green, and leave their car at one of the town’s easily accessible public parking lots. The events are happening town-wide, and most are within a short distance of free public parking, and connected by Abingdon’s urban greenway, the Creeper Trail Extension, which runs from the Farmers Market Pavilion to the trailhead of the Virginia Creeper Trail.  All activities are free.


Farmers Market Opening

The Abingdon Farmers Market opens for the season, with a raffle, food samples, cooking demonstrations and over 50 local vendors selling produce, meats, eggs, seedlings, crafts and hot foods. The first 45 guests will receive a reusable shopping and a seedling.  8:00am to 1:00pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion, 100 Remsburg Drive. Find out more >


Earth Day

Just across the street, Abingdon celebrates Earth Day with free kids activities, e-waste recycling, a build-your-own-rain-barrel workshop, and dozens of booths from local businesses and non-profits. 9:00am to 1:00pm on the lawn of the Fields-Penn House, 208 W. Main Street.


Virginia Creeper Trail marks Opening Day for Trails

Take a short walk or bike ride down the Creeper Trail Extension to the trailhead of the Virginia Creeper Trail for Opening Day for Trails.  This nation-wide celebration kicks off the outdoor recreation season.  The Creeper Trail is celebrating with a bike tune-up day at the Creeper Trail Bike Shop, free juice samples from White Birch Juice, an open house at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center, and a nature walk along the trail at 11:00am with Wayne Miller.  11:00am – 3:00pm at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center, 300 Green Spring Road.


Live music at Wolf Hills Brewing

Saturday night, Wolf Hills Brewing presents the bluegrass group The Crooked Roadies at their tasting room on Park Street.  Warmer weather means the brewery will open its doors, and audiences will spill out in to the fenced-in back patio to enjoy the band while enjoying the spring.  5:30pm – 8:30pm at Wolf Hills Brewing, 350 Park Street.

Music on the Lawn in Abingdon, VA

Music on the Lawn at the Martha

Sunday afternoon, enjoy a free outdoor concert with Music on the Lawn at the Martha.  The sounds of 1930s Gypsy Jazz are kept alive by the Roanoke band Le Hotclub. Concerts take place at the gazebo on the side lawn of the Martha Washington Inn & Spa.  Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for this free, family friendly event. The Martha will offer food service to concert-goers, or bring a picnic.  1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, 150 West Main Street.

Spring also means extended hours for Abingdon’s restaurants, many of which also offer porch or patio dining, including 128 Pecan, The Peppermill, Political Dogs, Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe and Rain.  See all restaurant listings.

To take advantage of everything happening during spring fling weekend, visitors will want to spend the night Saturday at one of Abingdon’s hotels, B&Bs or cottages.  See all lodging listings. 

Abingdon’s Earth Day Celebration


Earth Day 1Get inspired to go green at Abingdon’s Earth Day Celebration, Saturday April 16th.  This free event is perfect for families, with workshops for all ages, non-profit exhibit booths, a recycling program and free giveaways.

Safely recycle your old electronics and important documents with free E-waste recycling and document shredding services. It’s a win-win: you have peace of mind knowing that your personal information is safe, and you keep them out of the landfill!

Visit dozens of exhibit booths set up by local eco-friendly businesses and non-profits, who will share ideas and give out educational materials.  The theme this year is Air/Atmosphere.

earth-day-2Grab a snack at one of the food vendors. (Food vendors will also be available right across the street at the Abingdon Farmers Market).

Some of the activities available: Recycle E-Waste, Securely Shred Documents, Eco-Friendly Exhibitors, Food Vendors, Kids Zone, Free Giveaways, and Donations Accepted for Non-Perishable Food Items, Pet Supplies and Gently Used Shoes. The event takes place at the Fields-Penn House next to the Abingdon Farmers Market

Make your own rain barrel in a free workshop (registration is required, call 276-525-4542 or email

Kids can make green crafts with recycled materials, led by William King Museum of Art.

earth-day-3Donate to a local non-profit: Keep SWVA is accepting gently used shoes that will be refurbished for developing countries. Sustain Abingdon will be collecting pet supplies to help our local animal rescue organizations, such as food, treats, dawn detergent, bleach, towels, cat litter, etc.  And Second Harvest Food Bank will be holding a food drive. Bring 2 cans of food and get a FREE gift (one per family.

Takes place on the lawn of the Fields-Penn House, 208 West Main St. from 9am-1pm Saturday, April 16th. Admission is FREE.

Abingdon gets patriotic with annual Red, White and Beach Party concert


Abingdon is known for its live music scene, with outdoor concerts all summer long and music venues as diverse as Heartwood and Wolf Hill Brewing.  But it may come as a surprise that the wildly popular Independence Day concert features…beach music.  In celebration of Independence Day, Abingdon Main Street will host the sixth annual Red, White and Beach Party on Friday, July 3rd.   The family-friendly event draws hundreds of locals and visitors who put on their shaggin’ shoes and enjoy the free outdoor concert. This year the concert features the legendary beach music sound of Band of Oz. 

The event is free to the public, but Abingdon Main Street is accepting donations to support its ongoing programs.  Food vendors and an adult beverage garden will be available.  Once again, the Abingdon Fire Department will be present to display a U. S. flag from their tower truck.  Attendees should bring blankets and chairs and feel free to dress in patriotic attire.  Parking is available at the Abingdon Municipal lot (entrance on Main Street next to Carter Bank), or along Main Street.

Thursday Jams at the Market Pavilion in Abingdon, VAFor more information, call 276-676-2282 or visit