Come bike the Virginia Creeper Trail with us on Saturday, September 30th! The 17-mile trek from Whitetop to Damascus is downhill and appropriate for all ages.
Equipment: Bring your own bike and safety gear or choose a local rental company. We suggest Blue Blaze Bike & Shuttle since they also offer a convenient shuttle service. They accept walk-ins as space allows, but it’s a busy time of year. Reservations are recommended. Call 800-475-5095 to reserve your spot. If you need to cancel, let them know ASAP or the morning of the ride.
How to Find Us: Look for our event leaders in club t-shirts with a snowflake QR code on the back. Meet us at Blue Blaze at 10 AM to rent bikes and/or shuttle OR the Whitetop Station trailhead at 11 AM if you’re shuttling with a friend or other local service. The shuttle from Blue Blaze leaves at 10:30 AM and takes about 35 minutes to reach Whitetop.
Blue Blaze Bike & Shuttle (10 AM)
226 West Laurel Avenue Damascus, VA 24236
Virginia Creeper Trail Whitetop Station Trailhead (11 AM)
State Rte 755, Whitetop, VA 24292
Cost: Blue Blaze charges $38 for their bike rental and shuttle or $24 for shuttle service only.
We’ll gather afterward at Appalachian Heritage Distillery or choose a restaurant in Damascus if there’s interest. You’re welcome to bike an additional 17 miles uphill to Abingdon on your own after our ride and shuttle with a friend or other local service.
Prefer to make a weekend of it? Stay in the beautiful town of Abingdon and checkout the Barter Theater or choose a bed & breakfast in Damascus. There are multiple campgrounds in the vicinity, and a few club members are camping at Beartree Recreation Area. You could also hike at Mount Rogers or Grayson Highlands State Park.
Member Status & Registration: An active club membership and RSVP is required to attend this event. Members are welcome to bring one guest each. Children 17 and under are welcome to attend with a parent. Event leaders will bring waivers for guests to sign before the ride. Click here to join or renew your membership.
Please note that we may have to cancel with short notice if the weather doesn’t cooperate. You will be notified via email by 6 PM on Friday, September 29th if the forecast calls for rain or storms.
Event Leaders: If you have any questions, please contact Alisa Weber at (704) 685-0780 or Sharon Louwersheimer at (352) 223-9314.