The Virginia Creeper Fest returns to Abingdon for a second year, celebrating all things outdoors. This free, family-friendly festival takes place Saturday April 28, 2018, from noon to 5:00pm at A Street Park, near the trailhead of the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Virginia Creeper Fest celebrates the creation of the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail. Designed to be a hands-on experience, the VA Creeper Fest encourages attendees to practice, interact and get involved – for ages two to 102.
Virginia Creeper Fest returns for a second year Saturday April 28, from 10:30am to 5:00pm. With activities like a climbing wall, hammock hangouts, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids, tree identification along the trail and scavenger hunts, 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, as well as raffle giveaways.
Throughout the day, visitors can participate in geocaching activities to earn free swag, and visit the photography exhibit at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center, “A Day on the Abingdon Branch: The Photography of O. Winston Link 1955-1957.” This stunning black and white photography documents the Creeper Trail’s history as a working railroad line. Visitors can bring their bikes for the free bike safety inspection courtesy of the Creeper Trail Club, and bring a hammock to try out the new Hammock Hangout installed at Wye Park on the Creeper Trail.
Over 27 vendors will be on hand, representing the wide range of outdoor fun to be had near Abingdon. Each vendor must create a hands-on activity in order to participate in the festival, providing plenty of opportunities to play. For a full list of vendors and activities, visit www.vacreeperfest.com.
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. Parking is available at the Abingdon municipal lot (234 W. Main Street), or Magic Mart (510 Cummings Street) with free trolley service 11:30am to 5:30pm). Or park in downtown Abingdon and walk to the festival. Note: Pecan Street/Green Spring Road are closed to vehicle traffic.
One of the earliest rails-to-trails success stories, the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.
Media sponsorship is provided by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, The Loafer and 99.3 The X, additional support provided by the Abingdon Parks and Recreation Department, Abingdon Music Experience, and the Virginia Creeper Trail Club.
For more information: www.vacreeperfest.com or 276-676-2282
2018 Virginia Creeper Fest Schedule:
9:00 AM: Birding Walk with Blue Ridge Discovery Center
10:30 AM: Yoga in the Park presented by Whitetop Yoga FREE
12:00 PM: Festival Vendors Open
12:30 PM: History Ride to Alvarado with Creeper Trail Club
12:30-4:30 PM: Kids Field Games
1:00-1:30 PM: Disc Dog Demo presented by Fetch N Fly
1:00 PM: Wolf Hills Brewery Behind the Scenes Pint & Tour $10
1:00 PM : Trailside Bike Repair Clinic presented by TREK
1:00-2:30 PM: Fritz & Co. *Music*
1:30-2:00 PM: Secrets of the Creeper Trail presented by Ed Davis
1:30PM: Wildflower Walk with Blue Ridge Discovery Center
2:00 PM: O. Winston Link Presentation at Creeper Trail Welcome Center
2:30PM: Tree Identification Walk presented by Department of Forestry2:30-3:00PM: Disc Dog Demo presented by Fetch N Fly
3:00PM: Trailside Bike Repair Clinic presented by TREK
3:00PM: Wolf Hills Brewery Behind the Scenes Pint & Tour $10
3:00-5:00PM: Get Right Band *Music*
3:30PM: Birding Walk with Bristol Bird Club
3:30PM: Disc Golf Putting Tournament presented by Emory & Henry
4:00pm: Backpacking 101 presented by Sundog Outfitters
4:00pm-4:30pm: Disc Dog Demo presented by Fetch N Fly
5:00pm: Sunset Ride on the Creeper presented by Sundog Outfitters
The Town of Abingdon and the VA Creeper Trail have dozens of caches to discover! Find and document 3 caches the day of the festival, and earn free swag! Drop by an Info Tent and tell us about your geo-caching adventures to redeem.
Bring your hammock to Wye Park to break in our newest addition to the Creeper Trail: a hammock hangout area! Additionally, a small hammock space in A Street Park will have demo hammocks provided by Mahoney’s.
Bike Safety Inspection:
Bring your bike for a safety inspection by the VA Creeper Trail Club throughout the day. Located near the trailhead at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center.
A Day on the Abingdon Branch
The Photography of O. Winston Link, 1955-1957:
This rare collection captures the last steam train on the Virginia Creeper rail line. Open 12-5pm at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center. In partnership with William King Museum.