Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors

Q: When is Trail Days? Town-wide Yard Sale?

A: Trail Days is always the weekend after Mother’s Day, and the Town-wide yard sale is always the weekend before the Damascus Trail Days festival. For 2016, Trail Days will be May 12-15 and the Town-wide Yardsale will be on May 07th. Tip: Please check the Events calendar for information on all upcoming events and scheduled events during the year.

Q: Where do I park in town?

A: To visit local business, nearby street parking is available all over town and, there is additional parking on many side streets in town as well. For long-term parking, their are two larger lots located beside the Old Mill on the waterfront and by the Library. For more parking information, please see our Parking page for specific instructions.

Q: Where is the best place to stay in town if I’m visiting?

A: There are a variety of Vacation Rentals, B&Bs, and Hostels/Inns/Lodges in town, and if you would like to bring an RV, there are also RV parks with hook-ups right in town.  Browse under “STAY” on the Home Page for more information about the various options available. Tip: Be sure to give our Damascus Business Group members a look first!

Q: I want to bike the trail… where can I rent a bike in town?

A: There are a number of outfitters in town that provide bike rental and shuttle service to Whitetop and/or Abingdon. Visit our Biking page for their contact information. Fun Fact: The Virginia Creeper Trail was inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame in 2014.

Q: What are my dining options in town?

A: Damascus has a variety of excellent local restaurants! For listings, see our Dining & Drinks page for featured eateries, and our Damascus Business Group and Business Community pages for progressively more comprehensive lists of options.

Q: How do I get to the trail?

A: The Appalachian Trail? If you’re on Main Street, you’re on it! Tip: Follow the white blazes, you’ll either end up in Tennessee or West Virginia. The Creeper Trail? You will likely find the easiest way would be to use the big red train car in the Town Park as your point of reference and find it. Fun Fact: The caboose was transformed into office space for a DOI VISTA with the Town from 2014-2015. For a comprehensive list of all the trails Damascus and our surrounding area have to offer, and their locations, please consult our Hiking and/or Adventure pages.

Q: I’m planning to start hiking the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, how do I get to Damascus via public transportation?

A: The nearest Greyhound Bus Stations to Damascus are in Bristol, TN and Marion, VA. You may also be able to catch a blue Mountain Lynx transport bus; their schedule is available HERE.

Q: I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail, can I have mail sent to Damascus?

A: Yes, the Damascus Post Office holds mail for thru-hikers for an extended period. Visit our Post Office page for more information.

Q: Y’all put in my brick yet?

A: Brick? Oh! For those who bought a brick as part of the Community Pathways project on the Appalachian Trail, your brick has already been installed – December 2016 marked the completion of Phase 2, and the project is currently on hiatus until Phase 3 begins at a time TBD. Tip: This project will begin Phase 3 in the near future, please make sure you get on the list to get a brick first. Don’t miss your chance to leave your mark on the Appalachian Trail!

Q: When is the peak season for the changing Fall leaves?

A: The peak time to view the changing leaves here in Damascus is usually the second week in October, of course, weather conditions and other variables will affect the Fall leaves.

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