The first annual Virginia Creeper Fest will be held Saturday April 29, 2017 in Abingdon. The family-friendly festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail. The festival includes hands-on activities and demos for all ages, live music, food trucks, and information about how to get outside and enjoy the Creeper Trail.
Designed to be a hands-on experience, the VA Creeper Fest encourages attendees to practice, interact and get involved. From bouldering practice, stand-up paddleboarding demos, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids, to tree identification along the trail and guided nature walks, there will be plenty to keep the hard core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all day.
There will be also be live music, food trucks and local outfitters throughout the day, as well as raffle giveaways.
The festival takes place in Abingdon, at the intersection of Green Spring Road and A Streets, near the trailhead. Additional activities, like nature walks and bike rides, will take place on the trail itself. A full schedule and festival guide will be available on www.vacreeperfest.com in the coming weeks.
The Virginia Creeper Trail marks its 30th Anniversary in 2017. One of the earliest rails-to-trails success stories, the Creeper Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.
Running 33.4 miles from Abingdon, VA through Damascus and Jefferson National Forest, the Virginia Creeper Trail is a former railroad that’s now one of the most popular recreation trails in the southeast. It combines striking Blue Ridge Mountain scenery with unique trestle bridges and an accessible ride.
The Virginia Creeper Trail was inducted in to the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2017, and last year it was named Virginia Attraction of the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association.
For more information: www.vacreeperfest.com or 276-676-2282