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Virginia Creeper Trail

Locomotive No. 433
Abingdon - Trail Head - Original Locomotive No. 433


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The Virginia Creeper Trail

A 34 mile public access, shared-use trail connecting Abingdon, Virginia with the North Carolina border. Damascus, Virginia is at the halfway point between Abingdon and Whitetop Station, Virginia.

The Virginia Creeper Trail began as a Native American footpath. Later, the European pioneers, as well as early explorer Daniel Boone, used the trail. Shortly after 1900, W.B. Mingea constructed the Virginia-Carolina Railroad from Abingdon to Damascus. In 1905, the Hassinger Lumber Company extended the line to Konnarock and Elkland, North Carolina. In its day, the line hauled lumber, iron ore, supplies and passengers. its nickname, Virginia Creeper, came from the early steam locomotives that struggled slowly up the railroad's steep grades. The Virginia Creeper engine and tender are now on display (see photo above) at the Abingdon trailhead. Virginia Creeper is also the name of a vine that grows prolifically in this area.

With 100 trestles and bridges, sharp curves, and steep grades, the Virginia Creeper was the typical mountain railroad. Train crews faced wash-outs, rock slides, and other hazards, but it was economics that sounded the line's death whistle. Having failed to turn a profit since the Great Depression, the Creeper ran its last train on March 31, 1977.

Less than a century after the railroad arrived, the Virginia Creeper once again became a quiet trail. Through the work of volunteers and with help from local and federal governments, the Creeper became a National Recreation Trail.

The Virginia Creeper Trail traverses through some of the most rugged and picturesque scenery in the Eastern United States and is widely lauded as one of the most beautiful trails on the continent.

Text from: A Guide to the Virginia Creeper Trail. 
Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bicycle Rentals & Shuttles

---Abingdon---
     Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop
        Located near Trailhead, 201 Pecan St.
           $12.00 Shuttle Only Service
           $23.00 Shuttle with Bike Rental
        Bicycle Only Rentals
           1-2 hrs. $10, 2-4 hrs. $15, all day $20
              -Includes helmet & tire repair kit-
     comfort bikes - mountain bikes - tandems

---Damascus---
     Adventure Damascus
           Bicycle Shop
           Bike Rentals
           Shuttle Service
     Blue Blaze Bike Rental

     The Bike Station



888-245-3648
276-676-2552








888-595-2453
276-475-6262

800-475-5095
276-475-5095
866-475-3629
276-475-3629

Photos of the Virginia Creeper Trail

Trail Entrance, Abingdon. Trail half mile mark near Abingdon.
Trail Entrance, Abingdon. Trail half mile mark near Abingdon.
Pond near trail entrance, Abingdon. One of many resting spots along the trail.
Pond near trail entrance, Abingdon. One of many resting spots along the trail.
Bridge, South Holston Dam- east side, near 8-mile marker. Bridge, South Holston Dam- west side, near 8-mile marker.
Bridge, South Holston Dam- 
east side, near 8-mile marker.
Bridge, South Holston Dam- 
west side, near 8-mile marker.
A gate along the trail near 7.5 mile marker. Shaded pathway near 8.5 mile marker.
A gate along the trail near 7.5 mile marker. Shaded pathway near 8.5 mile marker.
Curve near 7-mile marker. Rock embankment near 7-mile marker.
Curve near 7-mile marker. Rock embankment near 7-mile marker.

Virginia Creeper Trail

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