Virginia Creeper Trail

August 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The other day my good friend Michael Snow took me on my 'Bachelor Party'.  You see, I don't drink or do anything fun like that, but I do like sleeping outside and riding bikes! 

We slept at the Beartree Campground inbetween Damascus and Whitetop.  The campground was near empty so it was nice and quiet, which is just how I like it.  After hanging out at the fire, we 'hung out' in hammocks.  This was the first time I had slept in a hammock, but I gotta say, I was as comfortable or more comfortable than when I sleep in tents.  I find that I wake up multiple times in the night when sleeping in tents, and this was not the case with a hammock!

Sleeping in an Eagles Nest Outfitter HammockEno Hammock at Beartree Campground

I recommend the Eagles Nest Outfitter DoubleNest Hammock simply because the little bit of extra room makes sleeping one person much more comfortable.  Click the link to get yours.  I did have two enormous spiders crawling on me when I woke up in the morning, so the optional Eagles Nest Outfitters ENO Bug Net would be a good idea.  Another must have would be the ENO Pro Fly Rain Tarp for obvious reasons.

The next morning I went down to Beartree Lake, which is a small lake about 3 miles from the campsites, but very close to the camp entrance.  It was nice and quiet but the clouds never materialized.

Early morning at Beartree LakeBeartree Lake

After this we hit up a local diner for breakfast and hit the trail!  The Virginia Creeper Trail, that is.  It is a 35 mile bike trail that goes from Abingdon, through Damascas, and ends at White Top Station.  The trail actually goes a little ways past White Top and officially ends at the VA/NC line, but since most people get shuttled up to White Top and ride down, they never see that last mile or so.  This day, we rode from Damascus to Abingdon and back, crossing many tressles along the way, since the Creeper Trail is the re-use of old railroad bed.  The trail gets its name from the way people thought old locomotives used to 'creep' slowly up the mountain.

The coolest of all the tressles had to be this one:

A cyclist crosses a tressle on the Virginia Creeper Trailabingdon creeper trail

 

 

 

After the ride was complete, we bailed and headed back to the Galaxy.  It was awesome to spend time with a good friend who loves the outdoors WAAAAAAAAAY more than I do.  Thanks Mr Snow!

Sidestory that I never posted before....

At the beginning of August, I spent a week in Abingdon for the Virginia Highlands Festival.  I made it to White's Mill for a sunrise, and biked from Damascus to White Top and back, passing Laurel Falls(or something like that).  I also went into Tennesse and shot a black and white image of the sunset. A few photos from that trip are below.

A long exposure of WhiteWhites Mill Abingdon A long exposure of WhiteWhites Mill Abingdon

A Long exposure of WhiteWhites Mill Abingdon WhiteWhites Mill Abingdon

Thanks for looking! 


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