A Cycling Lovers Paradise

Cycling the New River Valley

Heart of Appalachia Bike Route

Jefferson National Forest | Wise | (276) 328-2931
128 miles of roads and trails in Tazewell, Bland, Russell and Wise counties. The route takes cyclists through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in southwest Virginia, and it provides a variety of terrain and surfaces, including paved and gravel roads, rail-trails and single-track side trips.

Begin in Burkes Garden, a mountain-ringed bowl 10 miles in diameter that contains some of the most fertile farmland in the state. From there, follow the route along sparsely traveled roads in the Jefferson National Forest, across U.S. Bicycle Route 76 in Russell County, to the end at the Guest River Gorge Trail near Coeburn. Forty miles of side-trails provide access to spectacular natural features such as Russell Creek Falls and The Pinnacle at Big Cedar Falls.

This is Clinch River country. The Heart of Appalachia route offers vistas of mountain valleys and a river crossing on a swinging suspension bridge. Since the ride uses both paved and unpaved secondary roads, experienced riders say that knobby tires on a road bike or hybrid tires on a mountain bike are the way to go. Approach the Heart of Appalachia as a self-supported ride; there are few businesses along the way to provide supplies. Plan ahead, and stock up in the towns of Tazewell, Lebanon and St. Paul.

Virginia Creeper Trail

The Virginia Creeper Trail is possibly the easiest, prettiest mountain bike ride you will ever encounter. The Trail, which is actually the retired railway corridor of the Virginia – Carolina Railroad, has become one of the most popular bicycling trail destinations in the eastern United States. With its gently descending grade and well-groomed surface, lending itself perfectly to downhill adventures, the Virginia Creeper Trail is an attractive mountain-bike ride for cyclists of diverse abilities. Several shuttle services and bike shop businesses in Damascus and Abingdon are available to shuttle you to any part of the trail. Mom and Pop eateries are located on the trail for a rest stop, drink and snack.

Pulaski New River Trailhead

Enjoy biking, hiking and cycling along the New River Trail, a former railroad now turned into a nicely graded surface following the New River from Fries to Pulaski. High trestle bridges offer stupendous views of the river below. Parking lot about two miles off I-81 via Rt. 99. Parking fee required.

Trans-America Bike Route

Lebanon | Get the map
Section 12 of the TransAm Trail begins in Christiansburg. Most of the roads through the Appalachians of central Virginia are narrow. After the town of Vesuvius, there is a four-mile climb onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hills continue along the  Parkway. No commercial traffic is allowed and the speed limit of 45 mph is strictly enforced. There are, however, no shoulders and there are a great number of recreational vehicles. After leaving the parkway, the gently rolling hills of the Tidewater are well-suited for cycling. You’ll ride along the Colonial National Historical Park between Williamsburg and Yorktown, the TransAm Trail’s ending point.

Hungry Mother State Park 

Marion | (276) 781-7400
Long a family favorite and known for its beautiful woodlands and placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the mountains, Hungry Mother has a sandy beach with bathhouse, boats and boat launch, universally accessible fishing pier, campgrounds, cabins, a fantastic restaurant, a gift shop, a visitor center, a five-bedroom lodge that sleeps 16, and hiking and biking trails. It’s also home to the Hemlock Haven Conference Center, which is perfect for retreats, conferences and special events. Special events include the Mountain Do Triathlon in April and Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival in July. It’s four miles north of Marion on State Route 16.

Bissett Park

Bisset is Radford’s largest city park and is located on 57 acres of riverfront land in the central part of the city. The park offers walking trails, athletic fields, picnic shelters, children’s playground, a sand volleyball area and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

New River Trail State Park

Foster Falls
The New River Trail State Park follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way that parallels the New River for 39 miles. This unique park features 57 miles of continuous trail, all of which is accessible by bike. The park’s Foster Falls Canoe Livery rents canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes and safety equipment. It also offers shuttle service, snacks and drinks. Another Rails to Trail Program, the park goes through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties with plenty of Native American history, railroad and mining history.

Huckleberry Trail

The Huckleberry Trail is a mix of rural and rolling landscape, sometimes forested, sometimes wide open, and town life as the trail starts and ends in city centers. The northern trailhead is nestled in a residential neighborhood at the Blacksburg Area Branch Library in downtown Blacksburg, across from the Virginia Tech campus.

Cycling Virginia

Biking Outfitters

Tangent Outfitters

Pembroke | (540) 626-4567
The New River Trail is a scenic trail that follows the New River from Fries and Galax to Pulaski. It is an old rail bed, so it is virtually flat. This is a great trip for families and those who want a mellow and scenic ride. You can join us for either a guided or unguided trip along the New River Trail. Tangent Outfitters provides 21 speed mountain bikes made by Specialized, a respected name in the Bike Industry. These top quality bikes are lightweight and durable. We also provide helmets and water bottles which are included with each bike.

The Junction at the Draper Mercantile

Draper | (540) 994-5659
The Junction is Southwest Virginia’s stop for outdoor recreation.  We are located on the New River Trail, Transamerican Trail and the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail. We take pride in service, hospitality, and being an ambassador for the area. The Junction caters to those seeking adventure in Southwest Virginia.  Whether you want to see that area by bike or are on a 4,000 mile tour, the Junction is your stop for parts, accessories, area information, service, bike rentals and more. We have a large selection of Life is Good clothing, Melissa and Doug toys, disc golf discs, bike parts and accessories in stock.

Sundog Outfitters

Damascus | (866) 515-3441
Sun Dog Outfitter rents mountain bikes, specialty bikes, cruiser bikes, kids bikes, trail-a-bikes and baby trailers. We have a bike for every age and skill level. Our bikes are professionally maintained by certified bicycle mechanics. We have a variety of sizes in a fleet that is over 100 bikes big! We offer bicycle shuttle service to Whitetop Station on the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Mt Rogers National Recreation Area high country or pick up from one of the local or International airports. We do custom bicycle shuttles at reasonable prices. Call us toll free to check our bike shuttle rates.

Creeper Trail Bike Rental and Shuttle Service

Damascus | (276) 475-3611
At Creeper Trail Bike Rental you will find the perfect place to begin your mountain biking outing. Start here at Whitetop and ride the 17 miles downhill to Damascus VA where you can catch one of our shuttles back from our Damascus Shop. Or, you can ride the full 34 miles to Abingdon VA and we’ll pick you up there. Of course, if you really enjoy biking and the exercise, you can make the round trip by bike.

JC’s Outdoors

Damascus | (276) 475-5727
Bike rentals for everyone. Affordable and right off the trail. Family owned and run and comes highly recommended.

Bike Station

Damascus | (866) 475-3629
The Bike Station is located in beautiful, southwest Virginia, in the town of Damascus. We are the premier bike rental and bike shuttle service for the Virginia Creeper Trail.

For your riding pleasure, our bike rental fleet is comprised of many types of bikes ranging from mountain bikes to leisure path cruisers and comfort bikes, as well as tandems. All of our bikes are expertly maintained and include gel seats, riser handlebars and frame sizes from 14-inch to 21-inch. We have what it takes to meet the needs of every rider visiting the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Shuttle Shack

Damascus | (276) 475-3773
Shuttle Shack rents mountain bikes, comfort bikes, cruiser bikes, kids bikes, trail-a-bikes and child trailers for the Virginia Creeper Trail. We have a bike for every age and skill level. Shuttle Shack rental bikes are professionally maintained by certified bicycle mechanics. Shuttle Shack has a variety of sizes to choose from. All rental bikes are high quality bikes from Giant, Cannondale, and Marin.

Blue Blaze Bicycle and Shuttle Service

Damascus | (800) 475-5095 or (276) 475-5095
For your riding pleasure, our bike rental fleet is comprised all types of bikes ranging from TREK Mountain Bikes to leisure path cruisers and comfort bikes, as well as tandems. All of our bikes are expertly maintained and include gel seats, riser handlebars and all frame sizes. We take pride in customer satisfaction and in meeting the needs of every rider visiting the Virginia Creeper Trail.

At Blue Blaze Bike & Shuttle Service you will find a well trained staff that will answer any questions that may arise. Our drivers are safe and courteous and our loaders will fit and prepare your rental bike so that you are comfortable.