Virginia Creeper Trail

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Today we drove to Damascus, Virginia, near the Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina borders, when you look at the map you can't help but notice a dog leg in the boundary line, legend has it that the land surveyors heard of a moonshine still operating in the area and just kept surveying, and after enjoying the fruits of their discovery they continued on the wrong coarse till they sobered up and returned to the correct latitude.
The high light of this town is an old railroad track that has been decommissioned (1977 was the last train) and turned into a magnificent bike, hiking and horse trail. Jo and I choose to take a shuttle with our bikes up the winding road to White Top Mountain, where we started our 17-mile decent through some truly stunning forest, most of the time paralleling a beautiful stream. The trail is called the Virginia Creeper trail and it was truly amazing. We crossed more than 20 bridges (with the stream below) and there were places you could cool off in the stream if you got too hot. Damascus has about 900 people living full time here but it is also right on the Appalachian Trail. The trail is 2,200 odd miles long and every year people start mostly in Georgia and walk all the way to Maine. They are called Through Walkers but in addition some people do a section at a time and then the following year do the next part. In late May early June this town of Damascus swells to about 25,000 as they hold a week festival for the walkers. So some people will walk back for it and others hurry to get here apparently it is a really good time. So it is a very outdoor orientated town and really very nice. It has a good feel to it.
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