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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
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Madeleine from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Enjoyed repeating this program! The trail was so peaceful, and I loved riding over the 47 trestles. The fall weather was just right for biking. This year, we took a 'backstage' tour of the Barter Theatre, which was very interesting. What a lovely place! We saw two performances there . . . one was included in the program, and the other was an optional add-on.

Marianne from Bowie, MD Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
My physical abilities were challenged but felt completely safe with the on site back up staff. The trail provided an experience seeing the Virginia plant life and streams available to bikers or hikers on the creeper trail. A wonderful way to be in the out of doors for the day.

Bruce from Carrollton, GA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
This was a fine program, well organized and ably led. The description of the degree of difficulty, "moderately challenging", was accurate.

Rhenda from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed biking the Virginia Creeper with Road Scholar and recommend it for a great biking experience and to see a lovely area of the Virginia mountains. The leaders were knowledgable, warm and friendly; it was a small group; the food was good; the weather was great.

Robert from Simpsonville, SC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
Great variety of both trail and road biking in very scenic areas. We had a wonderful group and the size was good for biking. All of our group leaders and support staff were outstanding. We had a blast!

Laurie from Erie, PA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
One suggestion I wish had been included in the packing list would be to while biking wear clothes that you don't mind getting ruined as it is nearly impossible to get the 'black stripe' on your back out in the wash. This only occurs if the trail is muddy, otherwise you don't need to worry about it. On the plus side, if it does rain, you get the pleasure of seeing and hearing the creeks and rivers at their most beautiful which makes the ride doubly impressive.

Deby from Santa Maria, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
The biking in this program was easier than I expected and the rides were some of the safest and most beautiful I have experienced anywhere in the world. Everyone involved in the program brings Southern Hospitality to a new level. The evening activities are very entertaining and you will come to appreciate the slower pace of this gorgeous Southern area. But it's the bicycle rides that will make you want to come back -as one visit is just not enough riding on the beautiful trails in this part of Virginia.

Madeleine from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/30/12 - 10/05/12
The 4H facility where we stayed took me back to a simpler, more genuine time. The campus is gorgeous. The Va Creeper Trail is all that I expected and more. I loved spending time outdoors and even enjoyed the two drizzly days. (You'll be fine if you bring the right clothes!) Every person involved in this program was key to making this an outstanding experience -- Kevin (friendly program coordinator), Henry (leader on the trail, keeping us safe), Joe (van driver, aka 'The Smiler' ), Louis (sweeper on the trail, making sure those at the back are okay), and the folks in the kitchen added so much personality, fun, and commitment to excellence. The attendees were delightful, and by the end of the program, we had bonded into a friendly group. The Va Creeper Trail should not be missed -- what a wonderful break from politics, cell phones, computers, and crowds. I also loved spending time in the woods in the fall while the leaves were changing. Gorgeous!

Nancy from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/14/12
My husband and I recently were on this trip and had a wonderful time. When we arrived Kevin was there to greet us. Henry, our bike leader, Lewis, the sweeper, and Joe were all lots of fun. They made sure we were well equipped with good bikes and water and kept us safe. Henry was very accommodating to those who wanted more challenge. The first day they took us to the top of the mountain. The ride down the mountain was beautiful with stops to look over the hillsides covered with Fraser firs and streams to watch the trout. We also we're given a guided tour of historic and quaint Abingdon. Our guide, Carl, clearly loves sharing his knowledge of the history and architecture of the town. Another night we saw a show at the Barter Theater which we enjoyed. We recommend this trip.

Carol from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/21/12
This is a lovely biking experience mostly through forest; I think it is overgraded as "moderately challenging" however. The first day is 17 miles downhill. One day is 17 miles from Abingdon to Damascus, but the last third is a gradual, but constant, uphill. Tickets to the historic Barter Theater on the last night was a great ending. This was the first Road Scholar trip for myself and my my husband; we plan to do more.

Barbara from Saugatuck, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/21/12
Biking in this beautiful area is both challenging and restorative.

Brenda from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/21/12
Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail was challenging and fun!! The scenery was beautiful! Our program coordinator, Kevin was flexible with our program plans, and the bicycle fitters were very accommodating with the bikes. This is my fourth road scholar trip, and it was an enjoyable experience. Brenda from Raleigh, N.C. Number of programs attended: 4 Date attended: 09/16/12- 09/21/12

Pat from Duluth, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/21/12
If you like biking along rail to trails, you do not want to miss the VA Creeper. BEAUTFUL! The 14 of us had a great time biking and laughing in the van during our drives back and forth from the 4-H Center to the trail heads. The Barter Theatre proved to be a must see experience.

William from Cordova, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/14/12
A very exciting bike ride!

Brenda from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/06/12 - 05/11/12
This was an awesome adventure and trip. The riding was beautiful and euphoric. Everyone was extremely accommodating and I felt very catered to by Sam, Henry, Joe, Lewis and Tim. The scenery was breath taking. I would recommend this trip to everyone, it was awesome and oh so memorable.

Priscilla from Penn Yan, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/06/12 - 05/11/12
The "Bike the Virginia Creaper Trail" Road Scholar trip was outstanding in so many ways. We definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beautiful scenic outdoors and bicycling.

Kay from Cullman, AL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/15/12 - 04/20/12
The Creeper Trail is well packed cherished gravel and the bikes furnished fit the trail well. The ride through Shady Valley is on paved roads and mostly downhill. The ride is very pretty and enjoyable. The staff at the 4-H center are very helpful to make this an enjoyable week.

Patti from Miami Shores, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/15/12 - 04/20/12
I really enjoyed Biking the Creeper Trail! We had a rather small group of 11 plus our leader Henry, sweeper Lewis, and Joe our van driver. I will always remember the good times in Abdingdon, Damascus, and Saltville.


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"Historic Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA" Uploaded By: Madeleine
"Historic Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Creeper Trail Trestle #12 at the Confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the Holston River." Uploaded By: Madeleine

"A stop along the Virginia Creeper Trail . . . " Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Backstage tour of the historic Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Cute goats at the 4-H Educational Facility" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Green Cove Station, the only original remaining depot building along the Virginia Creeper Trail" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"September 2012" Uploaded By: Pat

"So relaxing . . . be sure to stop and enjoy!" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Ever since buying a bike, friends have asked if I've cycled the 'VA Creeper Trail,' a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail starting in Abingdon, VA. Now I understand why. We cycled past waterfalls, pastures & gorges and over 47 incredible wooden bridges / trestles. At times, I felt totally alone on the trail (but really wasn't). It was heavenly . . . almost a zen-like experience." Uploaded By: Madeleine

"One of the many bridges / trestles you'll ride over . . . " Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Peacefulness along the VA Creeper Trail" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"Relaxing ride through Shady Valley, TN, near the VA Creeper Trail" Uploaded By: Madeleine

"former railroad trestle " Uploaded By: Kay

"Backbone Rock Recreation Area" Uploaded By: Kay

"The Creeper Trail is a beautiful ride!" Uploaded By: Isabelle Attended: 04/26/10 - 05/01/10

"Our guide, explains the terrain." Uploaded By: Isabelle Attended: 04/26/10 - 05/01/10

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Field trips
4 Performances

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