Inducted into the Rails to Trails Hall of Fame in 2015, the Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the country’s most famous biking trails. The Creeper stretches 34 miles from Whitetop Mountain down to Abingdon, VA, passing straight through downtown Damascus along the way. The portion of the trail going from Whitetop to Damascus is almost all downhill for 17 beautiful miles, making it the most popular bike route in the region.
Several bike rental companies in town offer shuttle services from Damascus to Whitetop, so the trail is highly accessible. And there are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way, for food, scenery or historical information.
For more info about the Creeper, check out the trail’s website and the VA Creeper Trail Club website.