Starting at Abingdon VA and ending at Whitetop VA, there is a 34.3 mile rail to recreation trail. If you are a first time visitor then the Virginia creeper trail section from Whitetop down to Damascus is best for you. Bike rental companies in Damascus and Abingdon will shuttle you to the top of the mountain for an easy 15 mile coast/pedal down to Damascus. The ride takes anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on your pace. Stops along the way include the old railroad station at Green Cove, operated by the US Forest Service; check out the high trestle at Creek Junction, where the trail runs beside some of the best trout fishing in Virginia; or stop for a bite of lunch in the community of Taylor’s Valley. If you choose to ride the section between Abingdon and Damascus, you’ll have the experience of passing over the longest Virginia Creeper Trail trestle as it crosses the Middle and South Forks of the Holston River at their confluence. You’ll also be able to stop at the newly built Alvarado Station, a replica of the one that served the Virginia-Carolina Railroad. Mark, at Old Alvarado Station next door, serves some of the best BBQ you’ll ever taste. The Virginia Creeper Trial is appropriate for all levels of bike riders.