Which location Should I go To?
16153 Highlands Parkway
Whitetop Va. 24292
If you are Traveling to the area from the North Carolina side of the mountain from West Jefferson, Sparta, Lansing , or if you are staying at Grayson Highlands State Park, Grindstone Campground, or even the Rugby or Mouth of Wilson area then you would probably want to use the Whitetop location, it will save you a lot of driving on a very crooked road. You can rent your bikes and pay for your shuttle there and simply catch one of the scheduled shuttles back to Whitetop when you reach Damascus.
227 Douglas Drive
Damascus, Va. 24236
Traveling from the North or South on interstate 81 or from the Boone N.C. or Mountain City TN. area you would probably want to go directly to the Damascus location, from there you will be shuttled to Whitetop to start the trail.
Still Have Questions ?
Not a problem, just give us a call at one of our shops, we will be glad to help.
As you can see by the illustration above the Virginia Creeper Trail is a very gentle downhill from Whitetop to Damascus - About 3% at its steepest point at Whitetop Train station.
Helmets are highly recommended on the trail, and are included in the price of your bike rental. Always - BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY !
Cell phones do not work well, if at all on the Virginia Creeper Trail - Smile you can still use it as a camera!
What happens if it rains? You will get wet! Hey its the outdoors you might be lucky enough to be close to a shelter, but I would be prepared just in case. Ponchos are cheap.
Reservations are not required, but highly recommended, especially if you are planning on riding on the weekend or any holiday
Yes unfortunately flat tires can and sometimes do happen on the trail - We provide you with a tool-kit just in case, complete with spare tube and pump. Can't change a flat tire, ? Well then you can hope that one of our wonderful trail patrol folks or another trail user comes by that can do that for you, or you can push to the nearest landline phone and call us for help.
The Virginia Creeper Trail is open 24 hrs. a day year round, that does not mean that all bike shops or shuttle services are operating year round, many businesses associated with the trail close for the Winter, it is always a good idea to call ahead for info. Restaurants and even visitors centers operated by the forest service can be closed during certain times of the year.
Please don't litter - pack it out - leave no trace - trash cans are located at various points along the trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a multi use trail, horseback riders, hikers, and bicycle riders all use the trail. Please be courteous to all trail users. Always call out passing on your left when going around other trail users.
Dogs are allowed on the trail but must remain on a leash at all times. We do have dog buggies for rent to use on the trail!