Virginia Creeper Trail, Alvarado Station

Virginia Creeper Trail, Alvarado Station

The Virginia Creeper Trail is no stranger to visitors of Southwest Virginia. The trail is 34.3 miles long, ranging from Abingdon to White Top. The Creeper Trail opened 30 years ago as a part of the Rails to Trails initiative. This initiative focused on turning old railways into hiking and biking trails. As a result, The Creeper Trail was inducted into the Rails to Trails Hall of Fame in 2014. In other words, The Creeper Trail is a lovely place.

And now you’re thinking, what else does The Creeper Trail offer?

Natural Beauty, Small Town Love, & Outdoor Recreation

Stunning landscapes, wildlife, and miles of trail are a few reasons so many people hop on the trail every year. Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and outdoor fresh air are unlike anything else. The Creeper Trail is also close to many other area activities, which we wrote another blog post about.

Throughout the trail, visitors will be able to explore the Southwest Virginia landscape and the lovely communities of Abingdon and Damascus. One notable location along the trail lies in between the two in Alvarado.

This section of the trail includes a parking area, river access, picnic shelters, restrooms, and an old historic Alvarado Station marker. The old train stop houses the current restrooms and a map of the area. This area is a truly beautiful spot to either take a short rest and enjoy the scenery or begin your trip on the trail. The Alvarado section showcases waterways, bridges, farmlands, and beautiful homes.

Facing the riverfront, right will take you into Damascus, and left will take you towards Abingdon. It’s really up to you to choose your adventure here! Not far up the road from the trail is Abingdon Vineyards and Winery. A great location for relaxation, picnicking and enjoying some delicious local wine.

The final point, there are so many great locations to visit along The Creeper Trail. Don’t just take our word for it! Head out an explore what all the Creeper Trail has to offer for yourself.