Cycling the Virginia Creeper Trail

  • Abingdon
  • Damascus
  • The Martha Washington Inn


September 11 – 13, 2024


  • Lovely backroads Appalachian drives
  • Great mountain communities: Elizabethton; Shady Valley; Damascus; Konnarock; and Mountain City
  • Abingdon’s treasures: the Martha Washington Inn; Courthouse Hill; the Barter Theatre; lovely downtown

Trip Description

It’s the perfect time of the year to hit the great outdoors of Southwest Virginia!  Let’s cruise by sturdy bicycle on the amazing Virginia Creeper Trail – the Southeast’s first and finest!  This is a trip of highlights: backroads drives that reveal stunning landscapes and intertwined stories; the Martha Washington Inn; Abingdon and Damascus – two of Southwest Virginia’s most interesting places; the scenic beauty of cascading Laurel Creek running alongside the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Our ride will be downhill to Damascus; the trail is rated as “easy.”  The riding distance, from Whitetop Station to Damascus is approximately 16 miles, and easily doable in about 2.5 hours (with scenic stops).  Our ride will be guided by Explore Up Close staff; pedal at your own pace. Down the mountain in Damascus, a delicious local lunch will be waiting for us! 

The Martha Washington Inn is the perfect place to share stories at the end of the day.  You can relax at the spa or pool, enjoy mini golf in the garden, or stroll through Abingdon’s charming historic streets.

Featured Experiences

Martha Washington Inn & Spa

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa began life as the retirement home for General Robert Preston following his successes in the War of 1812! It was built in 1832 as a private residence for General Francis Preston and Sarah Buchanan Preston and their nine children.

Today The Martha Washington Inn & Spa stands as gateway to the past, providing those modern amenities expected by today's traveler amid the genteel elegance of period antiques and furnishings.

What's Included

  • Comfortable van transportation
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Breakfast, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$2,214 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $345)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, other meals, or optional trip insurance.

You planned everything perfectly - just the right pace, and a wonderful trip!

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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