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Creeper Trail Trip

  • Jun 7, 2013 · 12:00 PM
  • Creeper Trail Cottages

You will not want to miss this! We have done this trip annually and it is always a great time! The Creeper Trail is a rails-to-trails trail that you can ride or hike. If you ride it, you will need a hybrid bike as the trail is covered in crushed limestone.

I will personally rent the yellow cabin, and we will have a very large screened-in pavillion for dining and hanging out in the evenings.  The campers will join us at this spot as well. On Saturday night, hopefully we can get into the ever-popular Boot Scootin' Barn. I hope the place hasn't changed...It's a GUARANTEED fantastic time with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet!

Don't delay, RSVP and let me know if you need cabin space or you are planning to get a campsite.

If you would like to stay in a cabin, let me know, I have 2 of them on hold.  They are filling quickly and there are 2 cabins left, but they would not allow me to hold all of them.  Please reserve a cabin to hold space if you have a credit card.  There is a 2 week cancellation fee and they dont charge your card until the day of. You can check them out at http://www.creepercottage.comThe phone number to reserve is tel:[masked]

If you would like to camp, there is a lovely campground about 30 minutes away. The site for that is http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?AttrID=12552.  You will need to make your own reservation there,

About The Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile trail that spans from Abingdon, Virginia to the North Carolina border just past Whitetop Station, Virginia.
Once a Native American footpath, a traveled trail for pioneers and explorers, and a slow-moving railway, it is now one of the country's premier hiking, biking and equestrian trails. In fact, the VCT has been named one of the top shared-use trails in the country.
The trail's name is derived from two sources; the train that, beginning in the early 1900's, crept up the mountain carrying passengers and goods, and the Virginia Creeper vine that grows prolifically in the area. The Creeper last traveled on this trail in March of 1977.
The VCT has 47 trestles crossing rivers, through gorges and bridging scenic farm land. The surface is fine gravel and cinders and provides an excellent tread for walking, running and biking.
The towns of Abingdon and Damascus own and maintain the trail between them. The trail from Damascus to Whitetop Station is in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area (MRNRA) in the Jefferson National Forest with a short span that is privately owned. Camping is allowed ONLY in the MRNRA.
The VCT provides activities for all ages. Mountain Biking is perhaps the most popular sport on the trail, with serious bikers finding challenge in the ride up the mountain while novice bikers enjoying the ride down. Shuttle services and bike rentals are available in Damascus within walking distance of Creeper Trail Cottages. Fly Fishing in the local streams, Bird Watching and Wild Flower Identification are some of the other great activities to find along the trail.

 

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  • Selena G.

    Great time and great weather!

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Sheryl J

    fantastic!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Selena G.

    So after much mechanical work on the truck we are finally on the way. Our eta is 815 if we drive straight through.

    June 7, 2013

  • Dennis

    Good news! Damascus now has it's own brewery-open for about a month.

    June 7, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    I am going to call Laughing Dog Bike Shuttle service to reserve spots on their shuttle for Saturday morning sometime around 9:ish. Joe and I are going to shuttle up to White Top... coast down the 17 miles back to Damascus and then pedal off towards Abingdon with a stop at Abingdon Winery along the way. Laughing Dog is just a few steps away from the cottages where we are staying.

    April 9, 2013

    • Dennis

      Hi Selena, they are 8 miles away, 15 minute drive.

      June 7, 2013

    • Dennis

      To park entrance

      June 7, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    Joe and I are loading the car and getting ready to head southwest. Word is tomorrow will be warm and cloudy.....we can deal with that! Don't forget to bring jeans and boots for the Boot Scooting' Barn.....if they are still open. Bringing taco corn dip and chips for hanging out in the big screened room at the cottages! Safe travels, everyone! My number is[masked]

    June 7, 2013

  • Peggy

    With Tim backing out if any campers want cabin room I have a double futon open and/or trundle in cabin. 85 total for two nights could really like to fill spot. [masked] 8060. Curt is also in cabin with Max and me

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is just not going to be possible this year for me. Have fun everyone!

    June 6, 2013

    • *CJ*

      You will be very missed, Tim

      2 · June 6, 2013

  • Mark

    So what time is the ride starting the climb up from Damascus?

    June 3, 2013

    • *CJ*

      9am Saturday morning!

      June 6, 2013

  • Betsy F

    Alesha, Sheryl, chuck and I are staying at a b&b but will shuttle up to the top with the shuttlers!

    June 3, 2013

  • Dennis

    Just reserved a tent site at Bear Tree (8 miles from Damascus) for June 2 through June 9. Anyone else that needs a site is welcome to stay there. It is big enough for 3 tents. I'll be backpacking for 4 or 5 days before everyone arrives on the 7th.

    February 8, 2013

    • Dennis

      I booked my tent site for June 3 through June 9 and it is full (they are allowing two tents, not three).

      April 9, 2013

    • Mark

      Dennis , I finally booked a site we are on 19 directly behind 28 & 30 see you Friday night.

      June 3, 2013

  • Selena G.

    What is the mileage for Damascus to Abington.? Are we ok on hybrids for that portion too? Are there places to eat? Should we bring stuff to grill? Sorry I have so many questions.

    May 20, 2013

    • Selena G.

      Thanks for the info!

      May 27, 2013

    • Selena G.

      We are bringing our small camping weber grill.

      June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I have a Tour De Cure Ride the same weekend.
    Hopefully next year. Hope you all have a great time.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay--just read below. I know I'm in one of the two cabins.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Jennifer O.

    I need to change to maybe. I definitely cant go Friday. Maybe Saturday?

    May 29, 2013

  • Peggy

    COTTAGE AVAILABILITY: I now have a cottage that sleeps 4 to 6 with just two in it - trailside cottage #2. Two ladies just had to back out.

    if anyone is interested in joining me and my guest let me know - it is a coed cottage now.. you would have a room with a twin and trundle or the double pull out futon in living area..

    total is[masked] including tax - so roughly 78 for boh nights, per person.

    I will be aggressively pursuing someone myself - but talk it around your meetup group

    http://www.creepercottage.com/duplex.htm

    May 28, 2013

    • *CJ*

      We will have 4 in ours, 4 in yours then

      May 28, 2013

    • Peggy

      Yep

      May 28, 2013

  • Scott L.

    At 5:45 PM, today, I cancelled my reservation for one of the Creeper Cottages. So, I'm assuming it's available, unless they had a waiting list of ready stand-bys. I wish all of you who are going the best. Looking forward to seeing some great pics.
    Scott

    May 28, 2013

  • Vicky B

    Unfortunately I am not going to be able to make it. You all have fun. Maybe next year.

    May 24, 2013

    • Dennis

      Peggy, I went kayaking around Jamestown yesterday and surprisingly the water was warmer than the air. I don't understand how, but it was warm enough to swim in.

      April 21, 2013

    • Peggy

      Can't do 5 days. But thanks

      May 23, 2013

  • *CJ*

    As of today: Peggy and 2 in one cabin, Tim-Curt in another, and Me-Scott R-Dave-Ann in another. We should probably cancel a cabin if no one else needs space, and combine people. Unless someone is against co-ed cabining, in whic case it needs to stay the same. I have a futon in my cabin available in the living room...

    May 22, 2013

    • Dennis

      Peggy, I am going up about 5 days early. If you are interested in doing that, I could give you a ride.

      1 · May 22, 2013

    • Peggy

      I've put out a Facebook appeal today. Nothing beats begging. Will let you know hopefully be end today

      May 23, 2013

  • Scott L.

    Greetings to all my C.I.F. friends out there. Especially, Tim, Stan and Curt.
    Regretfully, I'm having to withdraw from the "Creeper Trail" trip. This is due to a recent back back injury which is going to take quite a long time to heal. My sincerest apologies to my cottage mates who will now have to make alternative accommodation arrangements. I wish you all a safe and fun-filled trip.
    Peace,
    Scott

    May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If there is not enough people, we may have to consolidate. What happened to your back??

      May 21, 2013

    • Scott L.

      Email me at: [masked]

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I'm also a maybe at this point. Some issues came up and I may have to work. So, I'm going to have to bow out. I'm thinking that just leaves Tim in the cabin?
    Stan

    May 21, 2013

  • Scott L.

    Anyone needing to contact me regarding my withdrawal from Creeper Trail trip, please do so via email at: [masked] or you may call my cell:[masked]

    Thanks,
    Scott

    May 21, 2013

  • Scott L.

    Can't make it due to recent injury

    May 21, 2013

  • Peggy

    I have one or two spaces in yellow cottage. Email me at [masked] if interested.

    May 21, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    I suggest that if you don't currently have some sort of basket or bag to put on your handlebars or on a rack mounted on the back of your bike to go invest in one. Wal-Mart usually has nice, large handlebar bags for a very inexpensive price. Use these to hold your money, wallet, sunscreen, snacks, camera, phone, etc. Also, be sure you have at least one bottle rack on your bike and bring a few insulated bike bottles with you. Fill one totally and freeze it and then partially fill the other one, freeze that and the morning of the ride fill with liquid. This way, your drink stays cold and by the time you get to the 2nd bottle it has melted some and is also nice and cold.

    May 21, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    The Creeper Trail is closed for the first three miles starting at White Top. The shuttle will be taking us to start at the Visitors Center at Green Cove Station instead. This gives us some extra time to spend doing the Damascus to Abingdon side and those pedaling up won't have such a climb!

    http://www.vacreepertrail.us/mile31.html

    May 17, 2013

  • Scott L.

    Anyone needing a bed in one of the Creeper Trail Cottages ?
    ......Get with me.

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Count me in for sure Scott. Thanks for making the reservation!!

      April 24, 2013

    • Scott L.

      Ok Tim. Welcome aboard

      April 24, 2013

  • Peggy

    I have a cabin on hold CJ but I probably need to call you and talk to you about this entire trip I know nothing about it all this talk about shuttles etc. just need to get some information . thanks

    April 13, 2013

    • Peggy

      Stan. Yes. Ill contact you directly later today.

      April 14, 2013

    • *CJ*

      Peggy, you can call me anytime[masked]

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be staying in Scott's cabin. Thanks Scott.

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • *CJ*

    Stan and Tim- You should contact Scott Lewis for space...I
    m thinking it will be easier if Peggy's is a girls only cabin, and I have 2 girls from the other group that need space. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I"m looking for some feedback. I have a Specialized FSR XC with fairly wide road slicks. I've ridden them on some trails and they are not too bad. Wondered about putting my knobbies back one. Is most of the trail paved or gravel; potholes, etc. Just looking for information. Thanks.

    April 13, 2013

    • Deborah K.

      The trail is a lot of crushed gravel and smoother on the Damascus to Abingdon side. You will have some small rocks, tree roots and more dirt on the other side. I have a decent tread on my Specialized Crossroads hybrid but definitely nowhere near mountain bike knobby.

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, That's what I figure. My tires should be fine...they're like 2" wide!

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Th is a long thread. I know I'm late on calling. Are there any cabins left at this point, or a room in one of them? Thanks!! Sorry I am so damn delinquent

    April 12, 2013

    • Peggy

      I have cabin. No one in it. Ill contact directly later out riding now in va beach

      April 13, 2013

    • Scott L.

      Tim, I have one of the Creaper Trail Cottages with beds to fill. Let me know if you'd like one or two, or three.....

      April 13, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    Joe, Dave, Ann and I have spots reserved with Laughing Dog Shuttle service for 9:00 Saturday morning. Right now, they have plenty of space on the vans but stressed you NEED TO CALL ASAP to reserve if you think you want to shuttle up. Ask for the GALLANT Group to get on our van. [masked]-2453. Shuttle leaves at 9:00 - need to be there by 8:30 to sign in and get the bikes loaded.

    April 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Deborah and all. I called and reserved a spot for the shuttle. I was added to the Gallant group, so C U then!

      April 13, 2013

    • Peggy

      I did too just now I was number 14 of 26 spots

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry changes my RSVP by mistake. CJ, I'll send an email but I am planning on staying in a bed in a cabin somewhere.

    April 12, 2013

  • Selena G.

    We are looking at camp sites at Bear Tree. Any ideas on sites close to facilities or close to the rest of the group?

    April 8, 2013

    • Selena G.

      We booked 31! Thanks for the information.

      1 · April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've booked 28 and will arrive on Wednesday June 5

      April 12, 2013

  • Peggy

    CJ - I'll rent the remaining cottage to hold it - i don't know any of you and don't have anyone going from home (yet) - but hopefully I can get some takers for my cottage - or either pass the baton off to someone else - I do hope to go.. especially since this is a hybrid ride and I don't really ride a road bike (yet).. Peggy

    1 · March 13, 2013

    • *CJ*

      Great Peggy. I know you don't know any of us, but this is a great group of people and a lot of fun people! You will have a great time if you come :)

      1 · March 13, 2013

  • Scott L.

    Hey everyone,
    New C is F member Scott here. I want to let let ya'll know that I have reserved a Creeper Trail Cottage and am hoping to fill 3 beds. One is a double futon, and then there are two single beds.
    So if anyone's looking for lodging, just let me know.
    Cheers

    February 25, 2013

  • *CJ*

    Blue Cabin- Deborah, Joe and Curt (All as of now. These arrangements could change based on logistics...)

    February 17, 2013

    • *CJ*

      Yellow cabin- Me, Debbie, Dave and Ann.

      February 17, 2013

    • Dennis

      Dave and Ann are going? Awesome!

      February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Just wanted to check on something...the trail is 34 miles....how far does the group plan on riding? 34*2 without an engine, off payment is, shall I say, tooo much for this old guy. But, I'm very interested.

    February 8, 2013

    • Dennis

      Stan, the first half or so you don't even need to pedal, its downhill and puts you out where the cars/cabins are. From there it is out and back, so you can turn around at any time. Someone correct me if this is wrong.

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the feed back.

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning on staying in a cabin. Do you still have a spot?

    February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be renting one. I will let you know the details.

      February 15, 2013

  • Dave

    Ann and I in Yellow cabin with CJ.

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Camping this year. Dennis let me know if there is room on your site. If not I'll reserve another one at Bear Tree.

    1 · February 9, 2013

    • Dennis

      Yes, just you and I so far.

      February 11, 2013

  • Peggy

    sounds fun - have always wanted to do this ride! i would not want to camp! but cabin..

    February 11, 2013

  • Deborah K.

    We will skip the pedal up to White Top. Will take the shuttle and zoom down and then head to Abingdon. Missed the Abingdon part this past summer b/c of rain so want to spend more time on that half this time.

    February 11, 2013

  • *CJ*

    We ride from Damascus up to White Top and back the firrst day. It's about 2.5 hours in one direction, and much quicker coming down! The second day, we ride out towards Abingdon across farmlands and it is pretty flat and breathtakingly beautiful. The beauty of this trip is that you can turn around and head back at any point, if you've had enough. We'll meet you back at the cabins for dinner!

    February 10, 2013

  • Dennis

    Oh, cost to stay on the site is $20 a night divided by the number of people staying.

    February 8, 2013

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