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Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail: Explore Nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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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. 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.
Christine from Birmingham, AL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
We have participated in 8 road scholar programs--all completely different. This was our first bike trip. As we do not own bikes, and do not ride, I was very reluctant. I now think--if you can ride a bike and have no issues with balance or mobility--you can do this. It was 95% downhill or level. And if you want to skip any section, the van is always nearby to accommodate you. Our trip leaders were wonderful. My husband and I loved this trip and give it five stars. We also hit the jackpot on weather. It was perfect weather and the fall color change was at it's peak. The beauty of this area is unsurpassed. Abingdon is a small town (9000) that rivals Ashville with its history, arts and crafts, music, theater, and outdoor sports. Plan to extend your stay for an extra 2-3 days.

Paul from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
This is a marvelous, thoroughly enjoyable biking program. The 4-H Center is a perfect place run by hard-working, committed people who go out of their way to make everything operate smoothly. Mentioned should also be made of the friendly kitchen staff and of Sam, the colorful driver of our van. The biking is even better than advertised because the Shady Valley bike route, which is not emphasized in the info, is sheer joy. A useful tip: try to select a bike with shock absorbers because the Virginia Creeper Trail is bumpy. I had one bike with and one bike without, and there is a big difference.

Len from Short Hills, NJ Number of programs attended: 39
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
You will be dazzled by the VA Creeper Trail !!

Walter from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/22/15
Great leadership; exceptional scenery; wonderful introduction to Appalachia and it's culture. Biking was fun, but activity level is overstated. The Creeper trail begins at an elevation of about 3500 ft and gradually descends to about 2000 ft. Biking through Shady Valley in TN was more rigorous, but not exceptionally so.

Scott from Racine, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
This is a great program. The trail is beautiful, the staff at the Center are very caring and there are lots of interesting sights and activities in and around Abingdon.

Kathy from Coudersport, PA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip!

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!!

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"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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