This is review of the town of Damascus, VA and all of the surrounding locations that we visited during our stay.
Damascus, VA is a small town located near both the Virginia Creeper Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Just a few miles from the Tennessee line, this sweet town provides a beautiful oasis to explore trails, take in the New River and enjoy many views of the mountains of Southwest VA.
We began our time by claiming our site for the month at Laurel Creek RV Park. We were able to have our choice of spots since we were one of two campers in the park. We loved our spot. Walking out to a view of the New River each day was such a peaceful sight. There were even a few times that we spotted some wildlife, mainly geese and ducks and a few birds, but given the low temperatures most of the time, those views were seldom seen. We stayed there during the month of December and although we didn’t deal with any ice or snow, the temps were very low. The park offers full hookups, the owners are not on site, but can be reached easily. No other amenities are available, but the park is open year round, which is definitely a plus in this particular area.
The park is located within walking distance to the town of Damascus. A walk on the Virginia Creeper Trail will take you the town park with the public library close by. Also, within walking distance is Mojoe’s Trailside Coffee, which we frequently visited and the town stores and restaurants. A beautiful town with some of the most friendly people you will meet, Damascus has so much incredible scenery to offer that just a walk through the town will feed the nature lover in you. You can begin to understand why it is named Trail Town USA.
The town was decorated for Christmas during our stay, but during the summer, the town hosts a festival called Trail Days. Hikers, bikers and campers from all over the USA congregate in the town for several days of entertainment, great food, crafts and outdoor events. It is a great time for the attendees, but also for the town, as it provides them a chance to show what this little town has to offer.
A twenty minute drive will take you to Abingdon, VA. Better yet, rent a bike in Damascus, take a shuttle to the trail and ride there! It is one of the most beautiful bike rides you will ever take. But once you are in Abingdon, many choices await you. Wonderful restaurants, a strong focus on local food, theatre, art, music and opportunities to connect with the local residents. I will wait to review Abingdon in more detail, but I will say that it is a pleasure to visit this area and it will provide much enjoyment to your entire family.
If you have the opportunity to visit Southwest VA, make sure to plan a stop in Damascus and check out all it has to offer you. We enjoyed our stay and hope you will, too!