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Virginia Creeper Trail

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No. of Reviews: 23

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Latitude
36.693749788636545
Longitude
-81.93466186523437
Trail Directions
Trail Length
34 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Abingdon
   


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Review Date
November 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rangelinenaturepreserve ,  Racer

Summary:
There are 47 trestles in the 34 mile trail. So you are always crossing bridges (or so it seems). The trail runs from Abingdon, VA to Whitetop, VA with Damascus being approximately the halfway point. The longer taller trestles are between Abingdon and Damascus and there are 16 of them. However the scenery is much better from Damascus to Whitetop with another 31 smaller trestles that look like nothing more than a simple bridge (except for one big one near Whitetop). Nonetheless, the ride was well worth our 7 hour drive.

The trail tread is cinder and rides much like crushed limestone. It can be ridden with almost any bike. We had full suspension mountain bikes, but that's just what we own. A hard tail would have probably been more efficient. We saw hybrids. The trail is not difficult or rough. We rode uphill to Whitetop in 6 inches of snow. Coming back down took more concentration due to the ruts and footprints in the snow washing out the front tire. I'm sure it's easy in the summer when it's dry. The downhill was well worth cranking up it.

Recommended Route:
My recommended route is different than most, I agree that beginner riders should take a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop. For anyone who rides more than once per week with moderate effort, this will not be much of a challenge. We stayed in Damascus, rode to Abingdon and back, stayed the night, and rode to Whitetop and back the next day. Since this was our first ride on this trail, that worked out great because we stopped to take photos so often. It would have made for a very long day if we tried to ride it all (out and back both ways, 68mi) in one day. Now that we have seen it all, we will ride the whole thing in one day the next time. We will probably still stay in Damascus. We found a nice place called Old Mill Inn with clean rooms and a good restaurant. It's real close to the trail and makes for a good "home base" to pick up supplies and eat lunch. It's only a 30 mile round trip to Abingdon and back. Eat lunch at the Old Mill Inn, head on to Whitetop, then return back "home" to Damascus. The return is all downhill. Note: we did not see any sources of water. They were many closed restaurants and bike shops. The only place for water we found in November when we rode it was Damascus Old Mill Inn and 128 Pecan on Abingdon. I assume there are more during the summer.



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Review Date
July 18, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: -sparky- ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail to bring the wife and kids along on.From White top to Damascus it's just coasting.Anyone regardless of age or skill level can ride this trail.If you decide to ride uphill I recommend going on a weekday.It is not a difficult climb just a easy, enjoyable but constant climb.

Recommended Route:
For anyone that's wanting to rent bikes to ride this trail I would highly recommend Trailside Bike Shop located in Green Cove "just below White top".They have some of the best rates and friendly service you will encounter on the Creeper Trail.If you would like their contact information get in touch with me and I can give it to you.Also if you are in the area and wanting to do some more challenging riding talk to the owner and he can arrange for you to go on some very good rides.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Iron Mountain Trails



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Review Date
May 11, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TrailRiderNC ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
fine crushed stone, not over 5% grade. Whitetop to Damascus all down hill. Damascus to Abington some up some down.

Recommended Route:
Whitetop to Damascus is unbelievable, picked up shuttle in Damascus. All downhill, not at all difficult, but it is mostly all in National Forest and parallels a beautiful stream. Over 30 tresstle crossing back and forth mountain streams. The town of Damascus is a real friendly place with several B&Bs and one historic inn with a handful of rooms. We stayed at the inn, Damascus Old Mill which overlooks a wide waterfall. Also has restaurant with a lot of outdoor seating.
Next day we took Abington to Damascus. Not difficult some uphill some downhill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Virginia Creeper Trail is 34 miles long. Good for a couple of days.



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Review Date
September 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kapusta ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is awesome for what it is: A VERY easy rails-to-trail in some gorgeous scenery. The 17 miles from White Top to Damascus is all down, you barely pedal the entire time. It's a hoot, just don't take it (or yourself) too seriously. Keep in mind that 98% of the people are taking the shuttle and riding down, so trying to ride up it is going to make you very frustrated on a weekend when it is packed full of people who have no idea what side to be on.

This is great to take kids on, or really anyone who can stay upright on a bike. Got a friend that is totally out of shape and not riden a bike for 10 years? Perfect.

I bring my wife there, pack a picnic, some wine, and chill in one of the many beautiful spots to hang out in. We really got a kick out of sitting on a bench and watching every shape, size, and age of person go by, on everything from high end CF bikes to rusty old hulks of dept bikes which are probably seeing more miles that day then in the previous 10 years. And EVERYONE has a grin on their face (except the racer-types stupid enough to try to climb up it on a crowded day, they were clearly not enjoying themselves)

If you are looking for some adrenaline rush or a challenge of any sort, this is NOT the place for you.

As far as what bike to bring, you can ride about anything. A fat tire cruiser is about perfect, but make sure the fenders and basket are tight, or they will rattle quite a bit.

Recommended Route:
White Top to Damascus is the really easy, no effort route. We went on to Abingdon, but it was no the most interesting, and you had to pedal the whole way. Not that I mind pedaling (I climb 1000's of feet most rides), but just not what I go to this trail for. I think the New River Trail is more interesting than the Damascus to Abington part of the Creeper Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Like this? New River Trail.



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Review Date
February 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: muttlover ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Beautiful trail, but don't let a bridge railing catch your handlebar. I was looking around, enjoying the ride, and boom! I was on the ground with a broken "greater tuberosity of the left humerus" (my left shoulder) and a cracked rib and a cracked pubic bone.



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