The Virginia Creeper
National Recreation Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34.3-mile-long rail trail established in 1984 by the towns of Abingdon and Damascus, VA, and is managed by those municipalities and by the U.S. Forest Service. It is designated a National Recreation Trail and has been inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The Creeper Trail intersects the Appalachian Trail near Damascus, VA, and attracts large numbers of hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, generating much tourist income for its communities. Its beginning segment runs within clear sight of the proposed shopping-center development (circa-650 feet from the nearest building) and immediately adjacent to the proposed sports complex, where there is presently rolling pastureland punctuated by the historic Meadows farmstead.