Rent a bike and take a shuttle to Whitetop Station, ride 17 miles downhill on The Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34.3 mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. Your journey will take you through the Jefferson National Forest, over streams and trestles and beautiful scenery and waterfalls. Travel another 17 miles from Damascus to Abingdon through farm land and by South Holston Lake. Stop by Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, a 50 acre farm winery located along the South Holston River offering tours and tastings, located just a short distance off the trail between Damascus and Abingdon, in the Alvarado Community.
Southwest Virginia offers some of the best fly fishing in the Southeast. Enjoy a day on your own or let Virginia Creeper Fly Shop help you with guided trip or lessons. The Whitetop Laurel Creek is one of the state's largest and most beautiful wild trout streams; seven miles are stocked trout waters on private and public lands with an additional five miles of special regulation waters flowing through the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. The special regulation sections are fully accessible recreation facilities with wildlife viewing platforms and streamside wheelchair accessibility. The North Fork Holston River has good numbers of smallmouth. The headwaters of the Middle Fork Holston River flow approximately 56 miles then connect with the South Fork Holston River to form South Holston Reservoir and offers many different sport fish species for all types of anglers. South Holston Reservoir is a 7,580-acre impoundment operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Virginia portion of the reservoir offers anglers more than 1,600 surface acres of water. Hidden Valley Lake, is a 61-acre impoundment in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area, 3,500 feet of elevation. Beartree Lake is a 14-acre coldwater lake that is designated stocked trout water located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. It offers a sandy swimming beach, wheelchair accessible fishing docks, and plenty of trailside fishing.
Take a hike on The Appalachian Trail, several connections with the AT make a variety of loop hikes possible. The Mount Rogers National Recreational Area, often called the "rooftop of Virginia," all of the state above 5,000 feet in elevation is in this area where the three counties of Grayson, Washington, and Smyth meet. Avid hikers would be hard put to find a better place to hike than Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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