Virginia Creeper Trail - Town Creek Bridge
Photo taken by Timothy and Joann Phillips in September 2018
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
BH Photo #435210
In 1977, Norfolk and Southern decommissioned this branch of their rail line from Abingdon to Elkton (now Todd), North Carolina. Originally built to carry coal, iron and timber to the main railroad lines, flooding of the New River, ironically caused by deforestation and the denuding of forest soils on steep slopes helped end this railroad, named Virginia and Carolina but nicknamed the Virginia Creeper because of the speed it could maintain on curvy, steep grades. The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the more popular Rails to Trails projects, and is a boon to the town of Abingdon and more so to Damascus, Virginia.
- September 27, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Virginia-Carolina Railway", "Abingdon Coal & Iron Railroad", "Railroad"
- September 27, 2018: Added by Timothy and Joann Phillips
- Timothy and Joann Phillips