WHERE SHOULD I START THE VA CREEPER TRAIL?
The most common entry point Damascus. Visitors plan to drive to Damascus to begin their day. Spend the night and walk to the shop to take the shuttle to the top of the trail, Whitetop Station, and ride downhill, an easy 17-mile ride down to Damascus.
WHAT IS THE ELEVATION OF THE TRAIL?
The typical shuttle ride will drop you off at Whitetop Station (3576' elevation) and you will downhill 17 miles downhill to Damascus (1952') then on to Alvarado (1900'), half the way between Abingdon and Damascus, then up to Abingdon (2087').
ARE THERE WATER AND FOOD AND BATHROOMS ALONG THE TRAIL?
Yes, there are vault toilets at the trailhead at Whitetop Station, 3 miles down the trail at Green Cove Station, and 13 miles down at the Straight Branch Parking Lot. They are also available for customers at Hellbender's Cafe in Taylor's Valley. There are numerous breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices in Damascus.
WHAT TIME DOES YOUR SHUTTLE GO?
Our shuttles depart for Whitetop Station (the downhill ride) each hour on the hour from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (earlier and later with prior reservations). Our shuttles run from both our Adventure Damascus and Sundog Outfitter locations. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your shuttle departure for check-in and bike fitting. Please call for available times for an Abingdon pickup or delivery shuttle. Just call us to book a shuttle (and bike rental) reservation 276-475-6262 or 888-595-2453. We shuttle all year round. For off season shuttle schedule (Nov-March) just give us a call.
WHAT IS THE SURFACE OF THE VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL LIKE?
Crushed limestone and cinders left over from the train days. Firm in most places on the Whitetop to Damascus end, some rocky places on the Abingdon to Damascus end.
IS IT A STRENUOUS RIDE?
Nope, even people who haven't ridden in years can do this ride from Whitetop to Damascus. That's what makes is so great!
IS A HELMET REQUIRED?
The are highly recommended! They keep your brains safe. A helmet is provided with each rental bike (be sure to pick one up before you leave the store).
CAN I RIDE MY BIKE UP TO WHITETOP STATION?
Of course. It's a very pleasant ride with grades not exceeding 5%.
WHAT TIME DOES THE 11 O'CLOCK SHUTTLE LEAVE?
Umm, maybe you better not be out on the trail by yourself...Buddy system!!!
IS IT UPHILL FROM THE BOTTOM?
IF IT RAINS, WILL WE GET WET?
WE WANT TO DO THE SHORTER TRAIL. WOULD THE 34 MILE OR THE 17 MILE TRAIL TAKE LONGER?
Well...considering 34 is longer than 17...
MORE QUESTIONS? WANT TO ADD YOUR OWN STUPID QUESTION?
HOW LONG IS THE VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL?
The trail travels 34 miles from Whitetop Station downhill through Damascus (the halfway point) and back up to Abingdon.
HOW FAR IS THE RIDE DOWNHILL FROMWHITETOP TO DAMASCUS?
The downhill section between Whitetop Station and our shop in Damascus is 17 miles.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
From 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on how leisurely you want to be about it. We suggest that you take your time because there are many beautiful places to stop and "take it all in".
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The most popular "Combo Package" (bike rental/shuttle) is $39.99. You can bring your own bike andget the Shuttle Only to Whitetop for $24.99. There are special rates for Kids 12 and under, military, groups of 12 (or more must pay as a group to receive discount), and middle of the week discounts are available.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE ON (FILL IN DATE HERE)?
74 degrees and sunny (Ok, not really, click the weather link above;-)
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?
830am to 6 pm, 7 days per week. Off season (Nov-March) hours 9 am to 6 pm. Call us toll free for hours and for reservations 276-475-6262 or 888-595-2453.
DO CELL PHONES WORK ON THE VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL?
Not on the upper section. You are in a gorge and in the middle of the forest most of the time. Thank goodness we don't have cell towers out there! They sometimes work on the Abingdon to Damascus section depending on your carrier. Damascus has service provided by Verizon. AT&T only works in Abingdon and does not work along the rest of the trail (can you hear me now?). Wi-Fi is available at Hellbender's Cafe in Taylors Valley.
IS CAMPING ALLOWED ON THE CREEPER TRAIL? HOW ABOUT OTHER CAMPING?
Camping along the trail is fine as long as it's not on private property. The US Forest Service/Mt Rogers National Recreation Area also maintains some nice campgrounds. Look at them at USDA Forest Service or click here.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER LODGING OPTIONS IN THE DAMASCUS AND ABINGDON AREA?
Try this lodging link or this one to find other places to stay while you're visiting the Damascus and Abingdon area.
I WANT TO SPEND SEVERAL DAYS. WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN SWVA (THAT'S SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA)?
Outdoor recreation galore as well as many cultural activities can be had in our region. Follow this link for more Creeper Trail Information and this link for area activities like Heartwood or Barter Theater information, Bristol Motor Speedway, country and bluegrass music and much more. A better plan would be to call us and let us help you plan your adventure.
I'M READING THIS WEBSITE, NOW I WANT TO CALL YOU AND ASK YOU THESE SAME QUESTIONS OVER THE PHONE, HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
We can help you better when you call 888-595-2453. (ext. 1 - reservation line, ext. 2 - address & hours, ext. 3 - Adventure Damascus & Sundog Outfitter store, ext. 4 - Damascus Outfitters store)