Bike & Hike Weekend
Saturday, June 19th – 21st*
Meet in Damascus VA

*this weekend is subject to cancellation due to stay at home order & closures currently in VA
** Make sure you know the cancellation policy when making lodging reservations
***Virginia Creeper Trail and Virginia State Parks, both opened this week.
Currently facilities (visitor centers & restrooms) are still closed, but are to be opened in the weeks to come.

Friday
Start off the fun with a weekend kickoff Happy Hour on the patio of Dancing Bear B&B at 6:00 pm.
There are lots of things to do in the area if you arrive early on Friday: Barter Theater or shopping in Abingdon, ride on the Creeper Trail (Whitetop ?), hiking, exploring in Damascus.

Saturday
9:45 – Meet at the little red caboose in Damascus at the town park for a group photo.
10:00 – Depart. Some people will begin biking here to Abingdon (15 miles slightly up hill) and others will drive to Alvarado Station and bike 7 miles to Abingdon.
After biking or on your way back to Damascus, you may want to stop at the Abingdon Winery (1/2 mile from Alvarado Station parking lot) and/or the Damascus Brewery (at the corner of Hwy 58 and Government Road) across from the grocery store just off of the trail.
Saturday Dinner – you have options in both Damascus and Abingdon. A large group usually gets dinner to-go and then meets at a B& B where members are staying to have dinner together.

Sunday
9:45 – Meet on the side street next to Dancing Bear B&B for goodbyes and group shot.
10:00 – Depart for Grayson Highlands State Park. Meet at the office/restroom on the left just as you enter the park.
If the weather is nice, there will be spectacular views and we will see the wild ponies.
RAIN JACKET, WATER & SNACK REQUIRED FOR THIS HIKE
We will stop for a lunch break to enjoy the views.
The weather at Grayson Highland CAN and DOES change dramatically and quickly – BE PREPARED!
Sunday Dinner: we will stop in Sparta on the way back. The time will depend on the weather and the length of the hike.

The following links are great resources for your planning:

Camping: www.vacreepertrail.us/camping

Damascus: www.damascus.org/lodging

Abingdon: www.abingdon.com/lodging/hotels

Lots of laughter, food, beverages & friends. 18+ already signed up – don’t miss the fun!

Contact Kathy Smith for additional information or questions.