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Where in the world: USA  /  Virginia  /  Abingdon

Top 15 things to do in Abingdon

1. Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

A path that crosses the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail runs 56 km (35 mi) through the forests of southwestern Virginia. Portions of the trail are laid atop reconstructed train trestles through the trees and over rolling hills. Visitors on foot and horseback follow Laurel Creek up to the elevated town of Whitetop. Cyclists can take a shuttle to Whitetop and enjoy the descent. In remembrance of the trail's past as a rail line, a 4-8-0 steam engine marks the trailhead. Restored stations, as well as two cabooses, line the trail. The innovative attraction is an ecological way to preserve the railroad line.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Virginia Creeper Trail Club

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Zipline, Blowing Rock

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Asheville

FROM $97
We pick you up! Our 9th Season offers a local guide who will pick you up at your location within 3 miles of city center (One North Pack Square) . A small group tour, we provide all window, captain chair seating in a late model Ford transit van , drinks/snacks as part of our service. We will travel along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to discover the amazing views and scenery surrounding this iconic road that connects two National Parks on our way to the hiking portion through the  mountains near Asheville. (scheduled bathroom stops :). We will drive through some beautiful mountain scenery on the way visit three waterfalls and two protected forests IMPORTANT Before booking this tour please know that we will be walking approximately 3 miles on the hiking portion of this tour over 2 hours at pace of about 1 1/2 miles per hour, including stops at the falls and you should feel comfortable walking this distance before making a booking. We will return to Asheville is between1:30 & 1:45pm.
Suggested duration: 5h 30min
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6. Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

Full of family-friendly rides and Wild West-themed activities, Tweetsie Railroad also proudly runs the last narrow-gauge steam locomotive in the area. Hop aboard one of the park's two coal-fired trains and ride along the 4.8 km (3 mi) track through the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. You can enjoy many classic amusement park rides at the theme park as well, including a tilt-a-whirl, carousel, Ferris wheel, flying jets, and more. Explore Main Street, ride the chairlift up to Miner's Mountain to pan for gold, or simply relax and take in the vibe of the American West. Little ones will enjoy playing cowboys and cowgirls in a classic western setting. Be sure to check the park's website for information on special events, offers, and activities.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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7. The Art Depot

Suggested duration: 1 hour
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8. Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour with Expert Naturalist

Likely to sell out FROM $99
As featured in Southern Living Magazine and MSN News, discover the authentic beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a naturalist guide to show you the best vistas, photo spots, and waterfalls that make Asheville famous. This intimate, small-group tour makes it easy to get to know your experienced, expert guide and learn more about the region. -Learn about the area’s history, plants, and wildlife from your naturalist guide -Visit famous waterfalls and ones that most tourists miss -See the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s expansive mountain views
Suggested duration: 4h 45min
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9. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Mountains

One of the country's longest scenic drives, Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 755 km (469 mi), cutting its way through two states and 29 counties. Constructed in the 1930s to connect two major national parks, the road runs mostly along the Blue Ridge, a mountain chain of the Appalachian Mountains. Most visitors choose to travel this road in the spring when the surrounding landscape blooms with native wildflowers. You can also pick a less crowded time of year, like autumn, when you can photograph the changing colors of the forest. Stop at any one of a dozen visitor centers scattered along the road to take a short rest, re-energize with a cup of coffee, or get a free map.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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10. Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Star Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Guided Hike to 3 Amazing Waterfalls - 2.5 Hour Hiking Tour

FROM $89
Experience the “Land of Waterfalls” with an expert local guide. This is a must-do tour when visiting Asheville! This tour allows you to see our favorite waterfalls located in Pisgah National Forest. We will travel together deep into the dense mountainous landscape and make several stops to hike to waterfalls. Your guide will tell you about the rich history of this national forest as well as the amazing flora and fauna home to these mountains around Asheville! We want to make the trip easy for you! Your guide will bring along everything you will need! We will take care of water, snacks, hiking poles, rain gear, and first aid supplies. Private Tour: Have a large group? Want a longer hike? Want to customize the trip? Book a private tour on our website!
Suggested duration: 2h 30min
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13. Salt of the Earth

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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14. Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Forest

Retreat to the cascading waterfalls and lush hiking trails of Pisgah National Forest, where over 202,342 hectares (500,000 acres) of forestry and mountain terrain await. Along whitewater rivers take part in bicycling, camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. Enjoy the natural beauty of the scenic landscape and the refreshing mountain air as you reach elevations over 1,800 m (6,000 ft), among the highest in the country. The forest is home to three official wilderness areas formally designated by the National Wilderness Preservation System. Prepare for your trip by reviewing the safety precautions in advance.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $79 › Learn more about Pisgah National Forest

15. Privately Guided Half Day Hike

FROM $135
Whether you want to see waterfalls, wildflowers, enjoy a quiet walk on a forested path, or climb a 6,000 foot peak, we will customize these trips based on your desired distance, difficulty, and destination. After booking, our office will contact you to discuss your preferences. Hike will meet our office in downtown Asheville at 8:30am, and will last approximately 4-5 hours including transportation time. Snacks are included, but transportation is not. Transportation between Asheville and the trailhead (including hotel pickup) can be added for an additional fee. Your guide can provide trekking poles and/or bottled water upon request, at no additional charge. We hike rain or shine! Hikers should arrive prepared for all weather conditions and pack a rain jacket, an extra warm layer, and water. We may cancel or reschedule your hike in the event of severe or dangerous weather conditions. Curious about the other hikes we offer? Check out our website!
Suggested duration: 4h - 5h
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