: Before you begin, fill your pack with bottled water and fruit from Abingdon Farmers Market
. Enter the Virginia Creeper Trail at Mile Marker 0
, where a steam locomotive marks the trailhead. The first stretch - about 15.5 level miles - is bordered by fields and pastures leading to a beaver pond teeming with wildlife. As many as 40 species of birds can be seen in the meadows and woodlands. End your day in Damascus. Creeper Trail Cafe
serves up a filling pork barbeque, and be sure to order the Southern Living
-featured chocolate cake! Layover at Creeper's End
or Cottages on the Creeper
for the night.