Day 1- Begin your day with a ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. The fall season brings perfect temperatures and unbelievable scenery with an abundance of autumn color. Rent a bike or bring your own, take a shuttle to the top of Whitetop Mountain and coast 17 miles through the Jefferson National Forest. Between Abingdon and Damascus, a short distance off the trail in Alvarado you will find the Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, Washington County’s first Virginia Farm Winery. Nestled in the trees along the South Holston River, tastings, tours, gifts and wine sales are available for your pleasure. Continuing on the trail toward Abingdon, enjoy the scenic beauty of our agriculture heritage. Arriving at the trail head in Abingdon, stay at one of our numerous lodging choices, have dinner at one of our many outstanding restaurants and visit Barter Theatre, live theatre at its best.
Day 2- Stroll the charming brick sidewalks of Historic Abingdon; enjoy the vibrant foliage while taking a self-guided walking tour. Explore the various shops and boutiques along Main Street and find unique and delightful gifts, Virginia wines, tea parlors, and galleries and studios that showcase local artists. Stop by the Arts Depot and watch as local artisans demonstrate their talents. See exhibits at William King Museum and tour Fields Penn 1860 House Museum.
Day 3- Enjoy the rural countryside by traveling State Highway 75 toward South Holston Lake. US 58 toward Damascus, to observe the natural beauty, from the peaks of Mt. Rogers and Whitetop – the two highest mountains in Virginia- to streams, rivers and wooded areas. From Abingdon, Whites Mill Road will take you to a 1790 grist mill that is on the Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can take a look around the mill and visit the mercantile to purchase local arts and crafts and grab a snack that will take you back in time.