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Old 11-21-10, 10:16 PM
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VA Creeper Trail Riders

Planning on a trip there when the warm weather comes back around.From what I can see from pictures,it looks like it may be some off road and some smooth trails.Is that right? Just trying to figure out what type of bike I would need since it would be used for off and on road.Thanks
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I haven't ridden it, but I know it's not paved. It was an option on the Bike Virginia ride a couple of years ago. There is a bike shop in Damascus you could probably call to get some advice. They rent bikes also. A hybrid or cross bike should probably do fine.
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Planning on a trip there when the warm weather comes back around.From what I can see from pictures,it looks like it may be some off road and some smooth trails.Is that right? Just trying to figure out what type of bike I would need since it would be used for off and on road.Thanks
Mostly pea gravel trails. Most nicely groomed and wide. I rode my MTB, the knobby tires were a bit of an overkill, but did provide additional stability on the gravel/dirt paths. I could have ridden a road bike with 25's or 32's on it. A cross bike would be the ticket. Several wooden pedestrian style bridges that present some bunny hopping opportunities. If the wooden decking is wet in the early morning they can be quite slippery.

It seemed most people opt to travel by bus to the top and have a mostly downhill run. I went with a non riding friend and so we opted not to do the entire Creeper. I did talked him into riding from Damascus to Whitetop. Very slight grade up to Whitetop, and you really can't coast back to Damascus, there is plenty of light pedaling involved.
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