Coming Late Summer 2022

Damascus Trail Center

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Mission:

  • Empower visitors, volunteers, local businesses, and the regional economy by connecting people to the region’s outdoor resources.
  • Educate visitors and volunteers through exhibits, interpretation, and programming.
  • Protect the A.T. Landscape by being a hub to learn about environmental stewardship.

The Damascus Trail Center (DTC) connects people to nature. Situated in Damascus, Virginia or “Trail Town, USA,” the Center acts as a regional hub uniting visitors and volunteers with a wide range of outdoor resources in the region. The Center caters to a broad community of people – from experienced outdoor enthusiasts to those who are at the very beginning of building a relationship with nature.

DTC was built to educate, empower, and protect the region’s visitors, volunteers, and communities. DTC educates by focusing on the various principles of responsible recreation and environmental stewardship. High quality exhibits and programming will showcase the nearby landscape and share stories of stewards who protect nearby outdoor spaces. Instilling a sense of stewardship will be the foundation for programming and activities at The Center. DTC empowers by promoting volunteerism, community building, and connections to and stewardship of the region’s outdoor assets. Finally, DTC protects local outdoor spaces, providing a destination where the relationship between the region and its outdoor resources can be fully explored, and where people can learn how to develop closer a connection to the outdoors.

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Facility information

  • 2,100 Square feet
  • 1,000 Square feet of outdoor programming space
  • .41 acre lot in the heart of “Trail Town, USA”
  • Hands on learning and training workshop.
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Timeline:

  • Winter 2020: Groundbreaking
  • Spring 2021: Facility construction complete
  • Summer 2021: Interior and exterior site work begins
  • Late Summer 2022: Grand opening*

*  Any COVID-19 guidelines and policies will be posted onsite per state and federal guidelines. Please follow appalachiantrail.org for opening plans.

Open Friday – Monday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM but closed for July 4th

Summer Activities at the DTC

Starting after Trail Days 2022, join us at the DTC for a series of workshops and events focused on celebrating and protecting the A.T.

DateActivity
May 16-July 25, 2022,
Fri.-Mon.
Beginning the day after Trail Days ends, visit our information table outside of the Damascus Trail Center (DTC) every Friday-Monday this summer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local recreation and stewardship organizations will also join us on Saturdays to host a variety of workshops and activities.
May 21, 2022Interested in learning more about safety in the outdoors? Join Drumm Emergency Solutions for a Wilderness First Aid Demo.
May 28, 2022 Learn how the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is taken care of in a demo from the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club!
June 4, 2022 Come celebrate National Trails Day with a hike through the Town of Damascus with the Mount Rogers A.T. Club.
June 11, 2022 Join the Blue Ridge Discovery Center on a mushroom hike for kids and kids at heart! The Piedmont Appalachian Trail Club will also be on hand for a tool demo.
June 18, 2022 Want to learn how to care for wounds while biking? Join Drumm Emergency Solutions for a Bicycle First Aid Demo.
June 25, 2022 Learn all about the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area from the U.S. Forest Service.
July 2 & 3, 2022 Curious about what life was like in the 1700s? Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association for life in the past demos and historical presentations. The Mount Rogers A.T. Club will also be on hand to answer any hiking and volunteering questions you might have.
July 9, 2022 Want to learn how to bike safely? Join the Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy for a demo!
July 16, 2022 Mount Rogers A.T. Club is here to demo the top 10 essentials for any hike, and show you how to blaze a trail.
July 23, 2022 Curious about what to include in a first aid kit? Join Drumm Emergency Solutions to learn more!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the Damascus Trail Center, please contact [email protected]