The Virginia Creeper Trails covers 34 miles from Whitetop Station to Abingdon so there are many places to begin a great winter hike. You can follow the Whitetop Laurel Creek and the many trestles that cross over the creek. Mother Nature’s ice and snow have a way of making a winter hike even more breathtaking.
Just past Damascus, Virginia, along Highway 58 is the Straight Branch Parking area. This parking area is often used by horseback riders - especially in winter when bikers are not as frequent along the trail. It is always a treat to be meet them on the trail. It does not have to be snowing for the winter scenes to offer a special kind of beauty. From ”Mosscicles” to being able to see the creek clearly without leaves on the trees, the joy of finding Christmas ornaments hanging in bushes to brighten the holiday season or a late afternoon sunburst – you can always find something new and different along the way!
We were able to make it Taylor’s Valley recently while it was still snowing and found even the drive into the parking area on Taylors Valley Road to be filled with photographic beauty!