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ABINGDON, VIRGINIA

Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail: Naturalist Study in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

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Program #11662RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Whitetop Mountain has an elevation of 5520 feet. We will bike down the mountain on a 3% grade.

Equipment Requirements
Mountain bikes and helmets will be provided as part of the program. Participants will need to bring rain gear, good hiking shoes, and comfortable clothing.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/southwest

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $32.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Registration/Program Orientation
Arrive To: 3:00-5:00 pm arrival and registration to Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Dinner: In dining hall at 4-H Center

Evening: Orientation to biking program. Meet with guide. Get acquainted.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/southwest

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $32.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Biking - Abingdon to Damascus/Overview of Southwe...
Breakfast: At 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Bike a 14 mile section of the Virginia Creeper Trail from Abingdon to Damascus. Level terrain. Intermediate biking level. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group.*

Lunch: Bagged lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip after lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available.

Dinner: In 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Watch a video that features the town of Abingdon and its rich history and a documentary focusing on the people and culture of this region.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/southwest

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $32.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Biking - White Top to Damascus
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: 17 miles from Whitetop Mountain (elevation 5520 ft) to Damascus (elevation approx. 2100 ft) on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Downward, Steady grade. Intermediate level biking through national forest on well-groomed trail. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group.*

Lunch: Bagged lunch on the trail

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip ater lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available.

Dinner: Dine in 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Enjoy an evening of Celtic musical entertainment provided by local musicians.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/southwest

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $32.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Biking - Shady Valley and the old cranberry bog
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Bike through Shady Valley, Tennessee and enjoy interpretive stops along the way at a Cranberry mountain bog, an old growth conifer forest, and other lands managed by the Nature Conservancy. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group. Depending on group preference, ride is 5-10 miles.*

Lunch: Bagged lunch at Damascus town park.

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip ater lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available.

Dinner: In 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Attend a performance at the world famous Barter Theatre, State Theatre of Virginia

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/southwest

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $32.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Biking - White Top to Abingdon - the whole trail
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Bike the entire Virginia Creeper Trail, 35 miles from Abingdon to the North Carolina state line at White Top. This beautiful trail always has more to offer and a second look is often more interesting than the first. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group.*

Lunch: Bagged lunch at a picnic area

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip ater lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available.

Dinner: In the 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Enjoy music of a local flavor, usually bluegrass, at the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Pickin' Porch.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Check-out
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Check-out

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
3 Performances

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