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Va Creeper Trail F.A.Q,'s
If you have another question, give us a call!
How long is the virginia creeper trail?
Whitetop to Damascus is 17 miles downhill. Abingdon to Damascus is 17 miles (very slightly uphill both ways).
Is it all downhill?
The typical shuttle ride will drop you off at Whitetop Station (3576' elevation) and you will downhill 17 miles downhill to Damascus (1952') then on to Alvarado (1900'), half the way between Abingdon and Damascus, then up to Abingdon (2087').
How long does it take to ride?
From 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on how leisurely you want to be about it. We suggest that you take your time because there are many beautiful places to stop and "take it all in".
are there bathrooms along the trail?
Yes, there are vault toilets at the trailhead at Whitetop Station, 3 miles down the trail at Green Cove Station, and 13 miles down at the Straight Branch Parking Lot. They are also available for customers at Hellbender's Cafe in Taylor's Valley. There are numerous breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices in Damascus.
What is the cost?
The most popular "Combo Package" (bike rental/shuttle) is $39.99. You can bring your own bike andget the Shuttle Only to Whitetop for $24.99. There are special rates for Kids 12 and under, military, groups of 12 (or more must pay as a group to receive discount), and middle of the week discounts are available.
What time does the shuttle leave?
Our shuttles depart for Whitetop Station (the downhill ride) every 45 mins from 8:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. (earlier and later with prior reservations). Our shuttles run from both our Sundog Outfitter location (331 Douglas Drive, Damascus, VA 24236). Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your shuttle departure for check-in and bike fitting. Please call for available times for an Abingdon pickup or delivery shuttle. Just call us to book a shuttle (and bike rental) reservation 276-475-6262 or 888-595-2453. We shuttle all year round. For off season shuttle schedule (Nov-March) just give us a call.
Where can I buy backpacking gear for the Appalachian Trail?
We have a good selection but our sister store, Damascus Outfitters, downtown has one of the best selections of backpacking gear on the Appalachian Trail. They carry Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Gossamer Gear, Osprey, Altra, Hoka One One, OR, and much more. Check them out at 128 West Laurel Ave., Damascus, VA 24236