The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 35-mile multi-purpose rail trail in southwestern Virginia. The trail runs from Abingdon, to Whitetop, Virginia, near the North Carolina state line – through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail has become one of the most popular bicycling trail destinations in the eastern United States.
The trail takes its name from the train that climbed eastward into the Iron Mountains as the "Virginia Creeper" a name taken from the native plant that grows along the route. A steam engine laboring up mountain grades with heavy loads of lumber, iron ore, supplies, and passengers was also a "Virginia Creeper" in every sense of the word.
Thousands of people travel to the towns along the Virginia Creeper Trail to experience an outdoor adventure such as biking, hiking, birding, fishing, or just for a relaxing day outdoors. After a day filled with outdoor adventures vacationers find solace in the many wonderful dining, lodging, and shopping opportunities in the area.
While on your visit to the Virginia Creeper, travel just a short distance into Ashe County NC and take in all the fun activities that the county offers. In the town of West Jefferson you can see how cheese is made at Ashe County Cheese Factory, stroll down main street and see all the beautiful murals on many of the buildings, go in all quaint shops that line the streets. On your way into Ashe County you will view some of the most beautiful real estate the state has to offer. Come by A1 Mountain Realty on main street in West Jefferson NC and let the excellent staff of realtors help you with any of your North Carolina Real Estate needs.