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.com. The 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.