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(TM). 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.
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(TM) participants share these goals:
Damascus, VA, deserves this honor from our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Adventurers pursuing the title "Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker" leave home to walk in the woods for months and to attend Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia!
Published Aug 16, 2014.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
This year's Biggest Party on the Appalachian -- Trail Days 2014 -- is ready for herds of hikers to take over the town of Damascus, Virginia.
Published Mar 11, 2013.
Published May 7, 2014.
Trail Days 2016 in Damascus, VA, begins on Friday, May 13th. Trail Days is the Appalachian Trail's biggest, best and happiest party.