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Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia rail trail

The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34.3 mile rail-to-recreation trail starting in Abingdon, Virginia, traveling eastward through Damascus, Va. and ending just past the famed Whitetop Station at the Virginia-North Carolina border. Operated as a branch of the Norfolk & Western Railway, the last steam engine was retired from the line in 1956 and replaced with diesel power. By 1974, the railroad had petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon the line due to low traffic and deteriorating right of way. Track removal began in 1977. The Creeper Trail as it exists today was completed in 1984 and is maintained by public-private partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, towns of Abingdon and Damascus, and "Creeper Keeper" trail volunteers.

See also our complete Norfolk & Western Railway mainline collection

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This page was updated on 2016-04-24