Bike the Creeper and Kayak the Clinch
A Multi-sport Program
Experience the rich history of the beautiful Appalachian region of Virginia on expert-led bicycle rides and kayak tours through a variety of mountain landscapes. Bike through cool forests and over high, wooden railroad trestles on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a scenic retired corridor of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad. Learn kayaking techniques from an experienced outfitter before setting out on the historic Clinch River, home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country. Evening activities include a toe-tapping concert by local Appalachian musicians, riveting performances at the world-famous Barter Theatre, and mouth-watering cuisine from a local farm-to-table restaurant.
Bike the entire 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail from North Carolina to Virginia, with informative stops along the way
Paddle on sit-on-top kayaks down the Holston River with an experienced outfitter and stop along the river’s banks to learn about the Great Appalachian Valley’s history and ecology
Attend a professional theatre performance at Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia
Relax and restore with optional yoga classes sponsored by Whitetop Yoga Studio
Dine at the Harvest Table, a nationally celebrated neo-Appalachian Farm-to-Table restaurant
Enjoy the historic and culturally-rich town of Abingdon, Virginia
Escape to Abingdon’s Vineyard for a locally crafted glass of wine next to the scenic South Holston River
Activity Level - Moderately Challenging: For hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their day on the go. Be prepared to bike 14 – 18 miles per day on mostly downhill or level terrain, with a couple of short uphills. Kayak trips may last up to four hours. The host site includes a short uphill walk to meals.
Remember, this trip takes place in the Appalachian mountains. Dress in layers to account for the change in elevation throughout the day’s excursion. On biking days, expect a bit of uneven terrain in the form of roots or rocks, although the Virginia Creeper Trail is mostly well-maintained. During our outings, we may bike or kayak for multiple hours at a time, but there are frequent stops along the way for sight-seeing or restroom breaks. Mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks, personal flotation devices, and paddles are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you prefer.