Near Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 33.4 mile bridelway along an old rail bed from Abingdon in the west to just past Whitetop Station in the east. Much of the horseback riding route winds through the southern mountains of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The pathway has a gentle climb and the surface is crushed limestone.
Centrally located on the Virginia Creeper Trail is the quaint town of Damascus, which make a great base for exploring.
A great trailhead is at Creek Junction, east of Damascus. Ride in either direction to access remote stretches of the trail.
Note: A foldable, two-side large map is available from the Virginia Creeper Trail Club for a nominal fee or for free to members.
Overall, Virgina Creeper Trail is the 2nd most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.