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“My kind of bike ride!”

Virginia Creeper Trail
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Damascus
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A bike trail challenging to both beginners and experts.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We used Shuttle Shack and rented a bike. We were shuttled to White Top and biked back to Damascus. The trail is mostly downhill - 17 miles. Lots of places to pull off and look at the river as well as options for a picnic. The scenery is breathtaking and it is a fairly easy ride. It had rained so it was a bit muddy in places and we did get dirty. And it is in the mountains so you have to withstand a curvy road to get to the trail and curves along the way. In addition, there are old railroad bridges/trestles so there are a few places with a little height to them. But overall, one of the best 3 hours I've spent in a long time!!

Thank kwevery
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

We love the creeper trail any time of year. Most areas are shaded, and we are serenaded with the song of the birds and the peaceful sounds of the creek. We just returned from hiking and did not even experience any bugs!

Thank Lauri W
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We have done this trail many times and at varying lengths. All have been great. The best plan with children (we had our 10 year old grandson on this visit) is to start at Whitetop Mountain and ride down to Damascus. You can get shuttled up there to get started or you can start their with your car in the parking lot and get shuttled back to get your car. There are many bike shops with rentals of all kinds. Very reasonable prices. We used Sundog Outfitters. They were great!

Thank VTHokieNorthCarolina
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This is our 2nd trip down the trail and we love it! The are so many gorgeous sites and picturesque settings along the way. I've attached a few pictures. As to the rental shop, I STRONGLY RECCOMEND AND SUGGEST CREEPER TRAIL BIKE RENTAL. We first did the trail in 2016, starting at Whitetop Mtn. down to Damascus. The staff at Whitetop took their time with us, answering all questions, provided maps (not really needed) and gave us a tool kit for any unexpected repairs. When you get into Damascus, the first shop you come to is Sundog. We asked where the Creeper Trail shop was, and 3 different employees answered rudely or not at all! One even tried to send us the wrong way. Fortunately there were some locals listening who directed us. We've heard others have had terrible experiences with them as well, from the shop being closed when they arrived a few minutes late to being left on the trail! The staff at Creeper Trail Bike Rental is friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful.

This year was our second wonderful experience on the trail, and our interactions with the staff at Creeper Trail Rentals really deserves a shout out. Our son hit a rock in the trail and went off the bike. He bent the rim. I switched bikes with him when we met dad at the Creeper Trail Cafe, and my husband and I drove there bike back to the shop in Damascus, wondering how much this would cost us. When we got there and explained what happened, the first thing we were asked is, "Is he ok?" And then when we inquired about the cost of the rim, we were told, "As long as he's ok, that's the important thing. This kinda thing is just part of our business." How about that?! (That was Jamie with the kind words of concern at Damascus shop, we made our reservations at the Whitetop shop with Dakota, all very friendly and professional!)

Enjoy the trail, it's an amazing ride!

4  Thank Terijo A
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

This was our first time on this trail. We of course had read many reviews, including a few negative reviews who did not like the trail or had a wreck or flat tire, etc. But - we did this because of the overall excellent reviews we found - and we were glad we did!!!

We only did the "1/2" section that starts at the top and ends in Damascus - we did not do the section that goes from Damascus to Abingdon - that other section appears more level and would require more peddling.

We went in early June after the area had many days of rain - but the trail for the most part was "dry" - with just a few wet spots.

We rented bikes from "Shuttle Shack" - very friendly - they take time to fit you to proper bike and adjust seat, etc. They then load your and others bikes on special trailer, you jump into van, and they take you up the mountain to the start of the trail. Cost was about $44 total for two - bikes and transport to top.

99% of the trail is a gentle down slope on an old train road track trails - tracks removed and most of surface is gravel or packed dirt. Some rocks protruding up thru trail - but not many. Trail is in very good condition.

We ride bikes occasionally on a paved lake trail - but are not experienced trail riders. Not to worry - I agree with others - just about anyone can do this!!!

We took our time, used our brakes, went downhill slow, and stopped many times to enjoy scenery or give our butts a rust. When you first leave parking lot you have to peddle slightly uphill for about 100 yards - then downhill from there. Occasionally a little peddling is necessary to keep going as some areas are almost flat - and as you get near the end and back to "downtown Damascus" you have to peddle - but 99% easy coasting and braking for most of the ride.

There were people - most everyone - who rode faster than us - but we did not encounter any of the daredevils or rude riders that some have mentioned. Everyone was polite, with a shout of "on your left" as they passed us. We also encountered some riders pedaling up hill - so be prepared for that also. We went slow, with lots of breaks, and I think it took about 3 hours for us to ride from the top to bottom.

We stopped for snacks and drinks and sat on a large rock in the creek.

We stopped at the cafe for the famous chocolate cake - very, very good. I think it's about 2/3 way down from the top - to your left as you are going downhill in a small town - i would have passed it be without noticing if my wife had not pointed it out to me.

All in all - great ride - one of a kind - yes, you can do it!!!

2  Thank A B
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