Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Damascus

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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, Damascus Edition.
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  • The Virginia Creeper Trail is a wonderful getaway from the normal routine. It is beautiful year ‘round but in Summer it’s a haven from the heat. The trail is shaded by beautiful trees and butterflies ...  more »
  • We enjoyed a picture perfect, blue sky, low humidity, sunny, unseasonably cool, summer day walking 7.5 miles along the Creeper Trail. We parked in the public lot located in Damascus at the intersectio...  more »

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