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Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Rentals Adventure

Disclosure: This Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Rentals Adventure was sponsored by Sun Dog – Adventure Damascus.

Do you like epic bike trails?  How about riding your bike for 17 miles?

That sounds like a long-distance, but I assure you that it is easy.

riding bikes on the Virginia Creeper Trail

The Virginia Creeper Trail, which is located in Southwest Virginia, is a 34-mile rail to trail path running from Whitetop Station to Abingdon.

The most popular part of that path is the portion that goes from Whitetop, which has an elevation of 3500 feet to Damascus, Virginia which is about 1900 feet.

That means you get to ride mostly downhill for 17 miles. I am sure we’ve piqued your interest. The bottom portion of the ride is flat and easy to pedal.

happy family on bicycles posing in front of a creek

Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Rentals & Shuttle

We started our adventure at Sun Dog – Adventure Damascus, which is one of seven bicycle rental outfitters in the town of approximately 800 people.

Sun Dog Adventure Damascus

This small town supports all these shops because it is the crossroad of the Virginia Creeper Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

Sun Dog also is a gear and provisions cache location for the AT hikers on their way from Georgia to Maine.

man testing out a rental bicycle

After paying for your Virginia Creeper Trail bike rentals, your party gets fitted with bicycles.

rental bikes being loaded on a trailer in Damascus Virginia

The bicycles are loaded onto a bike trailer that is pulled by a shuttle van.

Virginia Creeper Trail Shuttle

You can just pay for the Virginia Creeper Trail bike shuttle to transport your own bike too.

family posing with bicycles in front of the Mount Rogers sign

The shuttle ride from Damascus to Whitetop Station takes about 40 minutes.

Our driver, Eric, told us a lot about the trail and the area. You can get the details of the trail from our interview with him on YouTube.

We were fascinated to learn that up to 45 vanloads of bikers are taken to the top of the trail per hour during peak season. It was not very busy the day we rode in late March.

Trestle Bridges

There are 49 wooden trestle bridges along the trail of varying lengths. We crossed 20 on our downhill ride.

trestle bridge 17 of the Virginia Creeper Trail

The VA Creeper Trail begins in Abingdon, so the trestles are in descending order as you make your way down the trail.

Learn more about the start of the Virginia Creeper Trail in our interview with Amanda of Visit Abingdon VA.

old rail car at an old train station

There are several interesting stops along the trail.

Green Cove has an old station with a museum shop, which is a pristine representation of how it was the day it closed.

There are bathrooms located along the trail, in addition to many scenic places to stop.

person standing next to a creek in the mountains of Virginia

There is a restaurant in Taylor’s Valley, which is where we took a rest and ate snacks along the stream.

Back to Damascus

After 2 hours of easy riding with multiple stops, we made it back to Damascus. We must have been riding fast because it normally takes 2.5 to 3 hours.

family of 3 riding down a trail

When we got back to Sun Dog, two friendly employees who had some tales of growing up in the area greeted us. There are many interesting people and interesting stories in this town.

woman returning at rental bicycle

Restaurant on the AT & CRT

After the ride, we crossed the street to eat at the 7 Trails Grill.  We started our dinner with Griddle Cakes, which were very tasty. This appetizer is a must-order!

I was very excited to find out they serve tater tots, which are one of my favorite things to eat.  I had my tots with a cheeseburger.

The friendly staff at 7 Trails provides great service!

collage of images from biking the Virginia Creeper Trail

We had a great time on our Bike Rental Creeper Trail ride. It is easy to see why it is on the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. We will definitely be returning to the area so that I can ride all the way up and down the entire 34-mile trail.

While the VCT Bike Rental & Shuttle and dinner were provided to us, the opinions in this post are our own.


Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Old review..sundog no longer gives out bottle if water due to Forrest service trying to cut is not 17 miles downhill the bottom 4 mes are level as is the trail at green cove.

Diana Hansen

Friday 9th of September 2022

Thank you. I will update the post.

Jack Hall

Friday 12th of November 2021

Typo? The little place mentioned is Green Cove, not "Green Cover." I grew up in Damascus and visited a family in Green Cove a number of times, taking the "Virginia Creeper"train up from Damascus each time.

Diana Hansen

Monday 15th of November 2021

Thanks for catching that typo, Jack. It has been updated.

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