The Bike Station – Damascus, VA
October 15, 2007 – While staying at RiverCamp USA, Joanne (one of the owners) recommended the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail with the Bike Station while in the area. A stop along the way is Green Cove, which the railroad ran beside in the days when horse and carriage was the main transportation mode in this rural area.
It was 45 miles from the campground to the station and the hour+ drive itself was so beautiful it was worth the trip. This is just one of the scenes that delayed our arrival – we just had to stop and try to capture the beauty of this season in the North Carolina-Virginia mountains.
They transport you by van 17 miles up to Whitetop Mountain so it’s downhill all the way. There are many places along the trail where you can dismount to take in the views. This was taken from a Christmas tree farm — the contrast between the evergreens and the fall colors was breathtaking.
Rolling hills with colored trees and quaint farm buildings in the foreground – wonderful sights all along the way.
With the fall colors and cooler weather at this time of year, it was a prime time.
There are many bridges along the trail to enjoy the sounds of trickling water and colorful trees.
Bridges are always attractions for me. There are also a few places to stop and grab a bite to eat for fortification to continue on this amazing ride.
Me and Ruthanne – The brilliant yellow trees along the little stream with good friends, even though recently met, remains clear in my mind.
Malia’s 2 cents: We got to the drop-off point at Whitetop Mountain about 1:00 pm and we arrived back at the Bike Station at about 5:00 – tired and with sore butts and knees, but extremely happy with the day! Steve, the owner, and his staff take very good care of you to make sure your ride is as good as it gets. You should definitely make this trip even if you have to go out of your planned way to see it.
Bike Station Location: 501 E. 3rd St. – Damascus, VA – (276) 475-3629
A Tip: No matter how warm it feels at the station in Damascus, it’s a lot cooler on the trail as it is mostly canopied with trees. I bought one of their T-shirts when I was there because I thought I’d be too hot in my long sleeve shirt – wrong! My advice: bring a jacket or wear layered clothes.