The Virginia Creeper Trail owes its unusual name to the way locals referred to the old steam engines laboring up mountain grades with heavy loads of lumber and iron ore. This 34-mile scenic trail beginning in Abingdon, VA is filled with charm, scenery and a few surprises.
The multi-purpose trail runs along a railroad right of way that dates back to the 1880s. Today, it is widely considered one of the finest rails-to-trails examples in the east. The trail is used by walkers, runners, horseback riders and lots of bikers.
The trail has a gentle grade, and most bikers prefer to start at Whitetop Station near the NC line, and cruise downhill for more than 15 miles. Bike rental shops in Abingdon will shuttle riders to the top for a modest fee. The easy downhill ride and awesome views of Mount Rogers make the Creeper Trail a family favorite.
After a ride on the Creeper Trail, visitors can take in a show at the famous Barter Theatre, Virginia’s most famous stage, with a history dating back to the Great Depression. The trailhead is located in the heart of Abingdon’s historic downtown district, offering shopping and dining.
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