Damascus Weekend Getaway

Allie and Cooper meeting one of the wild ponies that is a resident of Grayson Highlands state park.

Allie and Cooper meeting one of the wild ponies that is a resident of Grayson Highlands state park.

Last weekend, Allie, Cooper, and I loaded up the car and made a beeline for Damascus, a small town in southwest Virginia along the Tennessee border.  Damascus is a tiny sleeper town tucked between folds of the earth.  This Town is a midway point on the Virginia creeper trail, a mostly downhill scenic bike path that is 5-10 feet wide.  In addition, the Appalachian trail follows main street right through the center of Damascus!! We spent friday night camping at Woodchuck Hostel In downtown Damascus, we spent Saturday in the Grayson highlands hiking among wild ponies and long horn cattle above 5,000 feet. 

Cooper posing in the backyard of Woodchuck hostel, where you can rent a bed, rent the Tipi or pitch a tent/hammock in the yard.  Regardless there's all you can eat home made waffles for breakfast!!

Cooper posing in the backyard of Woodchuck hostel, where you can rent a bed, rent the Tipi or pitch a tent/hammock in the yard.  Regardless there's all you can eat home made waffles for breakfast!!

For a change of setting, we spent our second night in Bear tree campground a few miles out of Damascus in the National Forrest.  On Sunday, we rode our bikes up the Creeper trail into Taylor Valley.  Taylor Valley is a scenic, steep walled gorge that devoid of human establishment with the exception of the creeper trail.  the bike path winds down an old rail road grade through Taylor Valley Crossing White Top Laurel Creek every mile or less.

Our single night camp spot in Bear Tree campground. 

Our single night camp spot in Bear Tree campground. 

Above is a set of photos from our hike up through Grayson Highlands State Park up to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Above is a set from out ride/swim/fishing exploration up the Creeper trail into Taylor Valley.