Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Abingdon, Virginia

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Formed around the time of the American Revolution, Abingdon is a quaint mountain town of about 8,200 in the southwest corner of Virginia. In addition to being a small haven for artists, authors, history buffs, and local thespians, Abingdon offers just about every form of mountain recreation you can imagine. It’s also home to a great micro-brewery—Wolf Hills—accessible by way of the locally renowned Virginia Creeper Trail.

From day hiking and backpacking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area—home to Virginia’s tallest peak—to fly fishing and paddling in the Holston River, Abingdon’s potential for outdoor recreation is boundless. If you’re visiting the area, consider a trip to the high elevation Hidden Valley Lake or explore the area’s scenic value by way of the historic Virginia Creeper Trail.

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Did you know? The Virginia Creeper, established in 1987, traverses 34 miles of southwest Virginia and has been declared a National Recreation Trail by an act of congress.

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