Hiking, Biking, &
North Fork River
Truck, Trailer, Canoes (3), and Kayaks (2)
Available for use!
****DO NOT TRY TO CANOE, TUBE, OR KAYAK IF THE RIVER IS ONE
FOOT BELOW COMING OUT OF ITS BANKS!!!****
**ALWAYS TAKE AND WEAR LIFEJACKETS** The life jackets are located
in the basement.
**ALWAYS SECURE CANOES, KAYAKS, PADDLES, AND LIFEJACKETS
for trip to Put In and back!!**
All canoes, kayaks, paddles, truck and trailer are the USERS
RESPONSIBILITY! IF YOU LOSE IT OR DAMAGE IT, YOU PAY FOR
The BIG GREEN CANOE is the most stable canoe. The two-seater kayak
is also stable.
Put all equipment used back in its proper place.
CANOE TRIP # 1
Approximately 1 hr by canoe and approximately 1:40 by tube.
Go to paved road, take a left
Go 1 mile to Bent River Estates bridge
Park vehicles along right hand side of Bent River Driveway or along side
the water wheel side of the road.
CANOE TRIP # 2
Approximately 1:30 by canoe and approximately 2:10 by tube.
Go to paved road, take a right
Go 0.8 miles to Landmark Church Road
Take a right through the church parking lot
Go 1.6 miels to stop sign and take a right onto Old Fields Creek road
Go 2.4 miles
Just past Hwy 16 (Big concrete bridge over road) park vehicles and take
out canoes where creek runs into the river (left point of the bridge)
CANOE TRIP #3
Approximately 1:20 min.
Go to pave rd. take left
Go back out like your going back home all the way to big concrete bridge.
Cross concrete bridge, pull to the right side of rd. park here
Carry boats down grass rd. to the river south side of bridge.
Take Out at Cabin
Biking, Hiking, and Horseback Riding
ALWAYS WEAR HELMETS!!
Always keep young ones and old ones near the most experienced riders!
Take at least (1) one spare tube for every (3) three bikes.
Take a pump.
Take at least (1) bottle of water for each person.
Make SURE that everyone in your group knows that DAMASCUS AT THE
OLD TRAIN CABOOSE IS THE STOPPING POINT!!
There are STEEP RAVINES along the trail. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE
SMALL KIDS AND THE TRAIL!
When passing other bikers, you need to say, "PASSING ON YOUR
LEFT." to alert them.
Occasionally there are horses present on this trail; not often, but they do
use it. When approaching horses, it is best to pull off to the side and let
the horses pass to avoid spooking the animals.
Purchasing a cheap $2.00 poncho is recommended.
Virginia Creeper Trail
Go to paved road, take a right
Go 3.3 miles, take a left onto Silas Creek Road (gravel road with beige
and brown house at turn)
Continue 1.6 miles to stop sign and take a left
Go to next stop sign and take a left onto 194 S
Continue 1.9 miles until you see Helton Creek Grocery on the left
Take a right on Sturgills Road (towards Hwy 58)
Continue 3.4 miles to stop sign and take a left onto Hwy 58W
Follow Hwy 58 W for 6 miles to White Top Station
Veer left off of Hwy 58 and follow road 1.4 miles to White Top Gap Road
Take a right and an immediate left
Follow 0.2 miles to the parking lot on the left. This is White Top Station,
the starting point of the trail. There is a restroom.
At the end of the trail, return shuttle service to White Top Station is
available at the locations listed below. They will shuttle you and your
bikes back to White Top Station.
The Bike Station, 501 E. 3rd St. (Main St); 866.475.3629
Or: Adventure Damascus: Main St; 888.595.2453
Or: Blue Blaze Shuttle Service (Main St)
Or: You can have someone meet you in Damascus
Our family usually parks @ WhiteTop to get on upper end of trail. Peddle
down to Taylors Valley for about an hour and a half and eat homemade
hamburgers / hotdogs / ice cream at the little cafï¿½ across bridge to the
left of trail. Good eats. Restroom there, also.
Directions to Damascus from White Top Station
Stay on Hwy 58W to Damascus
Follow Hwy 58W to the Exxon and self-service carwash
Take a left here and go 0.5 miles through town and across bridge
The NS caboose is on the left with parking
Supplies to Take
Big groups need walkie-talkies
Trail maps with start and finish points clearly marked
Cheap $2 ponchos
Small money for drinks and snacks along the trail