The Creeper Trail can provide a welcome and much-needed respite especially in these difficult times. But with more and more people seeking outdoor options, it becomes even more important to follow CDC guidelines, state and local restrictions and best trail practices, which you can find below.  And to remember the following from High Lonesome Trails in SWVA: “…the risk of catching COVID-19 doesn’t magically disappear outdoors. A crowded hiking trail, overlook, or public park is not all that different from a crowded bar, restaurant, or grocery store. Put simply, if you’re packing into an already crowded outdoor space right now, you’re putting your health, your family’s health, and the health of your community at risk.”

Keep in mind that effective immediately:

All bathrooms/SST’s are closed from Abingdon to Whitetop. No Welcome or Visitor Centers are open

No routine trail maintenance is being done on the Damascus to Whitetop portion of the trail

All bike patrols have been suspended

Best trail practices in the time of COVID 19:

Do not utilize the trail if you or other family members are even mildly symptomatic.

Bring and use your own hand sanitizer

Don’t touch surfaces like interpretive signs, kiosks, trashcan handles, trestle or mile markers or other smooth surfaces

When passing, allow additional time to call out on the left to maintain proper distancing

Your responsibility to clean picnic areas before using and ask that you clean after use

Don’t congregate on the trail as it limits the distance others require to safely get around you. If you must stop, step off the trail to do so

Don’t congregate in parking areas, etc in groups of more than 10 and only with recommended 6’ of distance between you and non-household members

Please don’t spit. Period.

Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow. Consider those walking or cycling behind you, even if they’re at a distance

If there was ever a time to look out for one another, this would be it. We are so fortunate to have one of the most beautiful and accessible rail-trails in the US. Let’s work together to keep it the healthiest as well.

Many thanks…the Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy

You can help support the Conservancy’s work during this extraordinary time by becoming a Conservancy member, purchasing merchandise or making a donation. Click on the “Get Involved” tab for more information. And thank you.❤

Welcome to the Virginia Creeper Trail

rail-trail-logoThe Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail, traversing through two counties from Abingdon, Virginia, through Damascus, and ending just past Whitetop Station in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, at the Virginia-North Carolina border. Today, the trail corridor lies half on federal land managed by the US Forest Service and half on property owned by local governments. In the 30 years since its opening, the Creeper Trail remains one of the country’s premier rail-trails, honored as the inductee into the 2014 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of numerous local, regional and national accolades.

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