Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Abingdon

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
A path that crosses the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail runs 56 km (35 mi) through the forests of southwestern Virginia. Portions of the trail are laid atop reconstructed train trestles through the trees and over rolling hills. Visitors on foot and horseback follow Laurel Creek up to the elevated town of Whitetop. Cyclists can take a shuttle to Whitetop and enjoy the descent. In remembrance of the trail's past as a rail line, a 4-8-0 steam engine marks the trailhead. Restored stations, as well as two cabooses, line the trail. The innovative attraction is an ecological way to preserve the railroad line. Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • We caught a shuttle ride to the top of the trail at Whitetop Station. The shuttle ride took about an hour from Abingdon. There were quite a few bikers at the trailhead but the trail never felt...  more »
  • Amazing bike ride in VA. Highly recommend. The 17 miles from High Top to Damascus is all gently sloped downhill. The last 6 miles of the 34 mile total is a sloped uphill. The shuttle from Abingdon to....  more »

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