As the hills of Southwest Virginia fill with green and blooming pops of color from flowers, we know that the warmer weather and longer days of summer have arrived. Enjoy some time outdoors in Abingdon this summer at one of these spots:
Virginia Creeper Trail:
Popular bike trail that draws visitors from all over the country. The VA Creeper Trail is a nationally acclaimed Rails-to-Trails project and runs through the charming towns of Abingdon and Damascus. Although it has gained popularity as a biking trail, it is a multi-use trail with opportunities to walk, run, horseback ride, fish and more. Stop by the Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center at the Abingdon Trailhead to plan your adventure. More about this 34.3 mile trail at http://www.vacreepertrail.org/ Even if you don’t plan to take on the full VA Creeper Trail, it is a great place to enjoy a relaxing nature walk or bike.
Abingdon Muster Grounds:
If you’re a history buff, you do not want to miss this spot in Downtown Abingdon. The Muster Grounds is the northern trailhead of the 330-mile long Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Also, be sure to stop by the Keller Interpretive Center for information on Colonial Backcountry history from the American Revolutionary Period in SW Virginia. See upcoming events and more about the Abingdon Muster Grounds at https://abingdonmustergrounds.com/
Walking Trail at the Coomes Center:
This is the perfect trail to start your day with a morning walk/run or de-stress with a evening stroll. Click for more about the Coomes Recreation Center.
Veterans Memorial Park:
This ~13 acres is dedicated to pay tribute to all American Military Veterans and all service men and women. Take a walk through the park to read about history and see dedications to the brave American service men and women. There is also a picnic shelter and play area at the park, so it’s a great opportunity for the entire family to learn and be inspired. Read more about the park’s history at https://abingdonveteranspark.wordpress.com/about/
South Holston Loop-Birding and Wildlife Trail:
The shores and islands of South Holston Lake are the habitat to many birds and wildlife. You never know what you may see while out exploring near the lake, include bald eagles soaring high, wood duck, muskrat, grey herons and more. This enjoyable driving loop offers links to various walking and biking trails that is great for spotting the above wildlife and enjoying nature. See the loop map and more at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/mountain-trail/msh/
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