The Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center

Creeper Trail Welcome Center sign

The Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center is located at the Abingdon trailhead of the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail.  Operated by the Town of Abingdon, the Welcome Center is staffed Thursday through Sunday, April through November, and offers trail information as well as guides to Abingdon and the surrounding area.  The Welcome Center is also home to a permanent exhibit of O. Winston Link photography and a fully restored steam engine called "Old Mollie." 

Amenities include

  • Free parking for the trail
  • Maps, brochures and visitor guides
  • Official Virginia Creeper Trail merchandise
  • Bottled water
  • Public restrooms
  • Picnic shelter
O. Winston Link Smoke train black and white source unknown
View an exhibit of photography by O. Winston Link at the Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center

Attractions at the Welcome Center:

A Day on the Abingdon Branch: The Photography of O. Winston Link, 1955-1957. This rare collection captures the last steam train on the Virginia Creeper rail line.  Exhibit courtesy of William King Museum of Art

Old Mollie Steam Engine – Norfolk & Western Steam Engine 433. In its heyday, 433 was one of more than 100 Class M engines owned and operated by Norfolk and Western during a 50-year period. Today, Abingdon’s Mollie is only one of two still in existence. 

Official headquarters of The Virginia Creeper Trail Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the Creeper Trail corridor.