Since you know we love trains, we thought we would share a little history about Alvarado Station. When this spur line was opened for timber operation on Whitetop, it was called Barron’s Station. When Norfolk & Western bought the rail line in the 1920s there was dispute with another station by the same name. The rather quirky story goes that 2 local men had traveled to Alvarado Texas at this time and suggested that name. They must have liked it a lot as it is an unusual name for a Virginia depot, but as you see it stuck! This depot is not the original one but a reproduction.
If you travel toward Damascus, a distance of 7 miles, you will begin walking behind several homes along the river. You pass over Alvarado Road a couple of times and pass through two gates on local farmland. We are reminded of the importance of being respectful of those who live along the trail. The success of this rails-to-trails is a testament to this cooperation!
If you travel the opposite direction from the Alvarado Station back toward the Trailhead in Abingdon, in approximately 1.5 miles you will come to the scenic trestle over the conjunction of the South and Middle Forks of the Holston River. This is actually the lowest point of the trail at 1900 feet. It’s a beautiful place to stop and take in the boats coming from South Holston Lake. Walking along this path we often see fisherman and enjoy walking right along the river. This is one of our favorite daily walks for the round-trip from Alvarado Station is the perfect daily 3 mile (5km) hike.
Right across from the Alvarado Station is a beautiful park. A great place to stop for a picnic and enjoy sitting by the river!