Virginia Creeper Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.06 out of 5
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Easiest
35.0
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 4,800 ft
↓ 5,300 ft
1,975
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Beautiful Railroad bed trail between Abingdon & NC line. Slight up grade, easy ride both directions. Voted top biking trail in US.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (20)
 

Trailblazer

January 24, 2017
 
Review: I really enjoyed my ride. Rode my cyclocross with fenders and it was perfect for 68 miles and 17 in the rain!

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Gnarly


November 19, 2016
Joel DH Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a great place to practice manuels and wheelies. Just a long pretty flat double-track. Also very scenic

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Gramcounter

January 9, 2015
hinero Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great ride for the entire family. We used JC's outdoors and rode from Abington to Damascus. There were 8 in our group, ages 8 to 40 and everyone had a great time! The shuttle service was on time and the staff at JC's was very friendly. We went in the fall when the leaves were changing and it was absolutely beautiful. We will definitely do this ride again. Pack a lunch and picnic along the trail.

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Trailblazer

December 1, 2014
 
Review: There are 47 trestles in the 34 mile trail. So you are always crossing bridges (or so it seems). The trail runs from Abingdon, VA to Whitetop, VA with Damascus being approximately the halfway point. The longer taller trestles are between Abingdon and Damascus and there are 16 of them. However the scenery is much better from Damascus to Whitetop with another 31 smaller trestles (except for one big one near Whitetop). There is no single track in the entire length of trail. Nonetheless, the ride was well worth our 7 hour drive.

The trail tread is cinder and rides much like crushed limestone. It can be ridden with almost any bike. We had full suspension mountain bikes, but that's just what we own. A hard tail would have probably been more efficient. We saw hybrids on the trail. The trail is not difficult. We rode uphill to Whitetop in 6 inches of snow. Coming back down took more concentration due to the ruts and footprints in the snow washing out the front tire. I'm sure it's easy in the summer when it's dry. The downhill was well worth cranking up it.

Beginner riders should take a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop then coast back down. For anyone who rides more than once per week with moderate effort should ride the whole trail. We stayed in Damascus, rode to Abingdon and back, stayed the night, and rode to Whitetop and back the next day. Since this was our first ride on this trail, that worked out great because we stopped to take photos so often. It would have made for a very long day if we tried to ride it all (out and back both ways, 68mi) in one day. Now that we have seen it all, we will ride the whole thing in one day the next time. We will probably still stay in Damascus. We found a nice place called Old Mill Inn with clean rooms and a good restaurant. It's real close to the trail and makes for a good "home base" to pick up supplies and eat lunch. It's only a 30 mile round trip to Abingdon and back. Eat lunch at the Old Mill Inn, head on to Whitetop, then return back "home" to Damascus. The return is all downhill. Note: we did not see any sources of water. They were many closed restaurants and bike shops. The only place for water we found in November was Damascus Old Mill Inn and 128 Pecan on Abingdon. I assume there are more during the summer.

Similar Trail: C&O Canal Towpath

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Granny Gear

October 16, 2014
 
Review: Really smooth trail with great sights to see. Fun to ride with family, friends, or even solo. Shuttle services make accessing the trail easy and convenient. On some sections of the trail, you can gain major speed upward of 20 or 30 mph. Humps in the trail and bridges can be used to grab some air.

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Granny Gear

April 29, 2014
 
Review: Great place to take your family. Make sure you pack gloves in colder months top gets pretty cold and stop by the cafe nice resting spot.

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Granny Gear

February 23, 2014
Ewokninja Granny Gear  
 
Review: Laid back and super chill for the whole family

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Gramcounter

March 27, 2011
baddad549 Gramcounter  
 
Review: You do not have to have any mountain biking experience at all to enjoy this trail. Once you get off the shuttle ride to the top you can't get lost, you can't get thrown off and you can see some beautiful scenary and never break a sweat or get out of breath. Take the kids.

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Poseur

December 5, 2010
fluidglass Poseur  
 
Review: I can attest to the fact that wet conditions plus stone cinder equals a very dirty rider. The trails were very easy though, so much so that my 60 year old father could ride with comfort - and he hasn't picked up a bike in 3 years. It is well taken care of and has an inordinate amount of bridges as the trail crisscrosses a number of streams. The 17 miles from Whitetop to Damascus fly by, and the next 17 to Abingdon are on fairly flat ground. Read about my full experience along with some pictures here: http://fluidglass.com/2010/12/battling-cold-weather-on-the-creeper

* Review edited 12/4/2010

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Gnarly


May 3, 2010
Gronckle Gnarly  
 
Review: Certainly a beginner trail, nothing remotely technical. But will give you a nice Cardio workout on the 17 mile trip (up). can Basically coast the whole way from White Top. Absolutely gorgeous trail. Crossing massive (for bike trails) bridges, and runs parallel to a river most of the way. If you dont care about stunts or tech rides - don't miss this one.

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Virginia Creeper Trail MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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