Get out your backpack, hiking boots and mountain bike because it's time to explore the fall foliage of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains along the Virginia Creeper Trail. It's an affordable, health-conscious treat that can be squeezed into a three-day weekend. Let's go!
In Abingdon: Before you begin, fill your pack with bottled water and fruit from Abingdon Farmers Market. Enter the Virginia Creeper Trail at Mile Marker 0, where a steam locomotive marks the trailhead. The first stretch - about 15.5 level miles - is bordered by fields and pastures leading to a beaver pond teeming with wildlife. As many as 40 species of birds can be seen in the meadows and woodlands. End your day in Damascus. Creeper Trail Cafe serves up a filling pork barbeque, and be sure to order the Southern Living-featured chocolate cake! Layover at The Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast or Augusta's Appalachian Inn for the night.
In Damascus: Take your fill of a hot, homemade breakfast before beginning the second half of your trek. Only 18 miles to go, but here's a secret ... head to Adventure Damascus Bicycle & Outdoor Co. and tell them you want a shuttle up to Whitetop Mountain so you can coast back down to Damascus! But before you hop on your bike for the downhill, breathe in the amazing views. On a crisp fall day, you should be able to see three states.
Trek back to Abingdon to spend the day browsing the Historic District. Among the treasures is Holston Mountain Artisans. You're sure to find a handmade trinket as a souvenir. Grab a casual lunch at Allison's before sipping wine at Abingdon Vineyard & Winery. Allison is known for her baked potato soup!
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