Barter Theatre, located in Abingdon, Virginia, opened on June 10, 1933. It is the longest-running professional theatre in the nation.
Grayson Highlands offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to waterfalls, horseback trails and overlooks.
The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail, from Abingdon, VA, through Damascus, and ending just past Whitetop Station in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The Creeper Trail is one of the country’s premier rail-trails.
Whitetop Mountain is the second-highest mountain in Virginia. The highest navigable road in Virginia leads to its summit. A hiking trail starts at Elk Garden on Virginia 600. The summit provides panoramic views of three states.
Abingdon Vineyards was started in 2001 by Bob Carlson and his wife, Janet, as their retirement project. They ran it well into their 80’s and have now passed it on to the next generation of wine enthusiasts. Abingdon Vineyards is a family affair – these three families work together to tend to the land, grapes, winemaking and our loyal customers.
The Damascus Brewer makes over 45 different kinds of beer and like to keep variety on tap. They have 8 taps in the tasting room and any one of the beers could be on tap on any night! Check the Home page to see what we are starting out the evening with and we will put other brews on tap as kegs are emptied.
Backbone Rock Recreation Area is located along Beaverdam Creek in northern Johnson County. Backbone Rock gets its name from a spur ridge on Holston Mountain that ends abruptly at a bend in Beaverdam Creek. A tunnel was drilled through the rock in 1901 to allow railroad access between Shady Valley and Damascus, VA.
Bristol Motor Speedway is the third largest sports venue in America and the seventh largest in the world, housing up to 162,000 people. The track is so short that speeds here are far lower than is typical on most NASCAR oval tracks, but they are very fast compared to other short tracks due to the high banking. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule.
The Crooked Road winds through almost 300 miles of scenic terrain in southwest Virginia, including 19 counties, four cities, and 54 towns. The sounds of country music beat strong and pure in Virginia. Look for the sign along the Trail as you explore the musical soul of Virginia’s country connections and experience a unique and unforgettable experience!
Damascus, VA is often referred to as “Trail Town, USA” due to the beautiful hiking, biking, and heritage trails this community has to offer. The Appalachian Trail follows Laurel Avenue right through the heart of Damascus. The A.T. is just one of seven trails intersecting this charming town. The Virginia Creeper Trail, the Trans-America National Bicycle Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, the Crooked Road Musical Heritage Trail, and Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail all pass through Damascus along their routes.