Bike Virginia Creeper Trail: Nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail — a rail trail through forest and over restored trestles. Learn about ecology and historic towns and attend a performance at Barter Theatre.
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Program No. 11662RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Ride the beautiful Blue Ridge highlands of Virginia on expert-led bicycle rides to experience rich history and its variety of nature. Bike through cool forests and over high, wooden railroad bridges on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a scenic retired corridor of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Biking 14-35 miles daily on mostly level terrain. Mountain bikes provided. Elevations up to 5,520 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bike the entire 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail plus enjoy a ride amid the mountain bogs of Shady Valley, Tenn.
  • Attend a professional theatre performance at Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia.
  • Enjoy the historic and culturally-rich town of Abingdon, Virginia.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Craig Makufka
Craig Makufka is the program director at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Before joining the staff at the 4-H, Craig was an environmental educator at The Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and is an avid birder.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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