November 6, 2008
I'm new to Mountain Biking, so until I start hitting real MTB trails, I'm just building my endurance on these rails-to-trails types, and this is one of the best. I was impressed by the number of stops (bathrooms, benches or stores) along the route. The tunnel is a nice surprise, and the little waterfall at Chestnut Creek is a definite stop. I traveled from Galax to Fries and back. Last half of my trip was in the dark without a light, its a safe trail, just barking dogs. The trip back to Galax is more uphill, which hurt since I was pretty tired on the way back trying to beat darkness. A better place to start would have been at the junction of I-77/I-81 near Shot Tower, there's a better waterfall there. Plan to pitch a tent in one of the camping areas so I can ride the whole trail over a couple of days.
Virginia Creeper, Damascus to Abingdon