Damascus, Virginia: An Appalachian Trail Community


Damascus, VA is a certified Appalachian Trail Community. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The road to Damascus, Virginia, along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia’s Springer Mountain might possibly blind you with snow, ice, mud, hunger, troubles at home or on the Trail, blisters and/or heat, bugs, weariness and rain.

When you step into town, it will all be worth it.  You’ll see.

Damascus was officially designated by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as an Appalachian Trail Community™.  This program recognizes communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Towns, counties, and communities along the AT’s corridor are valued assets by AT hikers, especially those that are good friends and neighbors to the trail.  Damascus personifies that goal.


All trails lead to Damascus, VA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Damascus, Virginia, has been unofficially famous for how well it treats hikers on the many trails that wind their ways through the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains nearby.

Four scenic trails bring nice folks into Damascus from all over the world.  That’s why the town is called Trail Town USA.

Damascus hosts the granddaddy of all AT festivals!  The 981 residents (according to the 2000 US Census) are joined by 20,000 rowdy-free visitors for Trail Days each May.  It’s a safe, fun place to be.

Everyone celebrates the Appalachian Trail — or the trail of their choice — Damascus and life itself.

Scroll down for a quick visual tour of Damascus.

Appalachian Trail Community™ participants share these goals:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

Damascus, VA, deserves this honor from our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

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Have you visited Damascus, Virginia: An Appalachian Trail Community? What do you think?