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Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

  4.9 ( 8 ) Favorite


34.7 mile 55.9 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,118' 341 m
Descent: -2,599' -792 m
High: 3,629' 1,106 m
Low: 1,753' 534 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)


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A former railroad converted into multi-use hiking and biking trail.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers


The Virginia Creeper Trail is a multi-purpose rail trail. This trail runs from Whitetop, Virginia, near the North Carolina state line through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail at several trail junctions through Damascus, VA (Trail Town USA) and onto its end point in Abingdon, VA.

Need to Know

The trail is multi-use and is popular with cyclists. There are shuttle services provided by several outfitters in Damascus, VA to several points along the trail.


This trail follows the former Virginia Creeper railroad bed. The trail descends steadily from the NC State line near Whitetop Station, VA to Abingdon, VA. The trail surface is wide and paved with cinders.

The trail passes several of the original stations of the Virginia Creeper Railroad which are now visitors centers for the trail. Several restored trestles have been incorporated into the trail on the many crossings of Whitetop Laurel Creek and Holston River along the route.

The town of Damascus, VA is 17 miles into the route and is known as Trail Town USA, home of the annual Trail Days celebration. Beyond Damascus, the trail follows river banks and goes through pastoral field as the trail crosses through the Great Valley. The terminus of the trail is in Abingdon, VA.

Flora & Fauna

The trail passes through the Appalachian Mountain forest. In spring there are numerous rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels in bloom along the route.

History & Background

This trail follows the path of the Virginia Creeper Railroad. There are several of the old stations that can be visited along the route.

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Sep 1, 2019
Jean Krason
Aug 23, 2018
Chasity Schwarze
Aug 9, 2018
Ryne Hughey
Rode from Damascus to White Top and Back. 35mi
Aug 6, 2018
Ryne Hughey
Rode from Damascus to Abingdon and back on 8/7/2018.
Jul 1, 2018
Bettina Bks
Nov 10, 2017
Chelsey Capps
Oct 30, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of solo trip to SW VA (VA Creeper Trail & Grayson Highlands SP) October 30-31 2017.
Oct 17, 2016
John Gardner
Whitetop to Abington. Beautiful ride! 34.7mi

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Virginia Creeper Trail in the fall.
Jan 27, 2016 near Glade S…, VA
One of the many Trestles you'll cross on the Creeper.
Aug 13, 2019 near Glade S…, VA
Whitetop Station
Jan 22, 2016 near Adwolf, VA
Whitetop Laurel Creek
Jan 22, 2016 near Chilhowie, VA
Long Trestle on the Virginia Creeper Trail
Jan 22, 2016 near Chilhowie, VA
Virginia Creeper trail.
Apr 5, 2018 near Chilhowie, VA


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