The Virginia Creeper Trail- Weekend Getaway Guide


The Virginia Creeper Trail- Weekend Getaway Guide


If you want a great outdoor weekend with your family, biking the scenic Virginia Creeper Trail and visiting nearby Grayson Highlands State Park is an excellent combo. The Creeper Trail even has a shuttle option for those who want to hitch a ride up the mountain and coast their bike downhill. On your next day, take a hike at Grayson Highlands State Park, famous for its soaring views and wild ponies.

You have several options for basecamp. If you’d like a bit more civilization, the quaint town of Abingdon offers terrific restaurants, a craft brewery, and the famous Barter Theater. Catch a show at the Barter and stroll around Abingdon's historic downtown. You'll find plenty to do!

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Need a great weekend destination? Too busy to read through a million blogs and guidebooks to plan a family trip? Don’t worry, it's already been done for you. This guidebook has everything you need to know: where to sleep, eat, and play along with tips that keep everyone happy. All organized for you into detailed day-by-day plans.

Where To Stay

  • Recommended lodging for each town along the Virginia Creeper Trail. Whether you want a hotel, a mountain cabin, a cottage within walking distance to town, or a nice place to pitch your tent.

  • The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.

Where To Eat

  • Dining options along the trail as well as favorite food stops in the towns of Abingdon and Damascus

  • Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.

Where To Play

  • All you need to know to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail including bike rentals, shuttles, preferred routes, and places to eat along the trail

  • Experience the wonder of nearby Grayson Highlands State Park. The scenery is amazing, the hiking is wonderful, and you may even see a wild pony! This itinerary will point you to the best family-friendly trail in the park.

  • The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.

    You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sightseeing.

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