Damascus, Virginia, is known as the "friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail". Hikers love Damascus because everything is close by. The post office is two blocks away, Mt. Rogers Outfitters is across the street, and several small restaurants are within a 5 min. walk from the inn. The Virginia Creeper Trail is within sight of our front porch. There are many bike shuttles in town which will shuttle you up to White Top Mountain or to Abingdon. It is 17 miles either way. Over 100,000 guests come to ride their bikes, horses or walk on the Creeper Trail each year. This beautiful trail has mountain scenery, farmlands, waterfalls and rivers. The Barter Theater is in Abingdon, Va. This is live theater at its best. Some of the plays that will be performed in Fall 2016 are Chicago, Winter Wheat, Over the River and Through the Woods, and A Christmas Carol. Nascar Races are held in March and August at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Damascus is about a 30 minute drive to the races. Many fishermen love to come wet a hook in our streams. Two of my favorite guests always come two days before the races, just to try out their fishing skills. I will have to ask their permission before I list their names and the number of fish they have caught! Other nearby places to enjoy are: * Mount Rogers National Recreation Area * Beartree Lake Recreation Area * Grayson Highlands State Park (The kids love seeing the wild ponies!) * Blue Ridge Parkway * Boone and Blowing Rock, N.C. * Antique stores in Damascus, Abingdon and Mountain City * Virginia Highlands Festival begins the last week-end in July * Damascus Trail Days (the week after Mother's Day) * Bristol NASCAR Races * Backbone Rock Recreation Area
Green Cove Station was used by railroad passengers until 1977. Now, it is a "museum" for Virginia Creeper Bicyclists to visit as they travel down from White Top Station. The inside of the station looks very much like it did when the last passengers rode the train in the late 70's.
Grandma and Karen are at Beartree Lake. They are on the handicap accessible trail.
Liz enjoys tubing down the Holston River! It's cold!!!
Susie and Gaines welcome you to Damascus!