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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.
Brenda from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
Brenda from Raleigh,Nc Number of programs attended:9 Date attended: 09/28/14-10/3/14 This was a challenging and fun trip.The landscape was beautiful. Unfortunately I had a bike accident on the trail.The physical damage was made worse by the fact that there was NO FIRST AID KIT WITH THE VAN OR AT THE LODGE!This put quite a damper on the trip, SO check that there is first aid prior to booking.

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The group leader and program staff were absolutely remorseful for the oversight of not have a first aid kit in the van. The very next day, the staff purchased one, as did the outfitter that we work with on the program. They now carry them on all of the busses, as well as with the group leaders and guides. This was an oversight on the provider’s part, and has been rectified and new procedures put in place so this does not happen again.
Jo from Knoxville, TN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
Program and leadership couldn't have been more enjoyable.

Doris from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
We were a great group of 10 participants. We enjoyed being with Wolf and Sam, our van drivers/sweeps from Sundog Outfitters and Chris our instructor. They were patient, helpful, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. We had a great Celtic music program from the group "Fire in the Kitchen" and enjoyed going to the Barter Theater. An unplanned neat experience was a visit to a microbrewery where we tasted all the samples we wanted and the attendant explained how their beer is made. The 4H facility has a convenient common area where we could gather to socialize and work on the community jigsaw puzzle which got completed due to the dedication of several folks. We had good weather for our rides and on a couple of days the rain held off until our ride and lunch was over. With the exception of the last day, our rides were relatively short so we were finished and lunch over by about 1:30 or so. Although the program description stated "Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available," that was not the case. I was disappointed as I had factored the availability of that option into my decision to participate in the program.

Claire from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
This was a WONDERFUL bike trip!! Beautiful area, interesting history, music, and theater as well as superb biking. I knew that I would enjoy the Virginia Creeper, but the Shady Valley, TN ride was equally enjoyable. Everything ran very smoothly, nice people, good food and I felt very well cared for on the bike trails. Thank you!!

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.

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