Located only 12 miles from the Appalachian Trail, Abingdon is a town nestled in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. This area is rich in outdoor recreation with biking, hiking and fishing. Abingdon and Southwest Virginia are creating an international awareness for visitors seeking outdoor experiences. By promoting economic development and linking the region’s major outdoor recreational assets, people will be aware of the beauty and adventure that awaits their visit.
The Town of Abingdon has long embraced trails within the community and are fortunate to have a Scenic, Historic and Recreational trail, all within or accessible of the town limits. With the intersection of the Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, it is fitting that the A.T. is one of the gateways into Abingdon.
The Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail is a multi-use recreational trail located in Washington County, Virginia, consisting of the rail bed previously known as the Abingdon Branch of the Norfolk & Western Railroad between Abingdon and Whitetop Station. This spectacular trail attracts over 200,000 annual users and visitors to partake of the natural and scenic beauty of this area. The trail was named #1 Rail Trail by the editors of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Hop off the A.T. onto the Virginia Creeper Trail and it will lead you straight into Abingdon.
Abingdon has long been a "friend" to the A.T. serving hundreds of hikers that pass through each year, it is only fitting that we see Abingdon as an A.T. community. Abingdon’s designation as an Appalachian Trail community shows support and commitment to the future and sustainability of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This will only increase the awareness of the many unique opportunities that are available within Abingdon and the region. We welcome any and all visitors by providing for their needs and in return receiving a boost for our local economy. This designation would enhance and highlight the efforts to protect the natural, cultural and recreational resources of our region. The designation helps promote the future of the Urban Path System Project, which promotes, utilizes, establishes and connects communities with the Town of Abingdon through trail ways.
It is no wonder A.T. hikers and visitors love Abingdon. The local outfitters provide shuttle service to and from the Virginia Creeper Trail and the Appalachian Trail for patrons who want to hike or bike. While visiting Abingdon experience a town full of visual and cultural arts, farm-to-table restaurants, museums and great shopping. It is home to the State Theatre of Virginia, Barter Theatre and the stately hotel, Martha Washington Inn and Spa. Plan your next adventure on the Appalachian Trail and stay in Abingdon at www.abingdon.com and remember “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.”