Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia sits Abingdon. Abingdon combines its historic charm and southern hospitality with an artsy vibe and magnificent outdoor recreation. Incorporated as a town in 1778 from what was a settlement known as Black’s Fort, Abingdon is the home of historical landmarks, natural splendor, and unique activities.
The Virginia Creeper Trail was once the route followed by an old railroad. Named for both, the steam engine that traversed its rails, and the native Virginia Creeper vine, this 34-mile multi-use trail begins in Abingdon.
Grayson Highlands State Park is another prime example of the outdoor recreation options Abingdon offers. This pocket of Appalachian high country offers beautiful mountain meadows and rhododendron-filled forests combined with trout streams and lofty peaks, all within this mountain meadow.
While in town be sure to visit Virginia’s most famous stage, the Barter Theatre. Founded in 1933 it hosts live music, world-class museum displays, and artist galleries. There is also the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Built in 1832 as a private residence, The Martha Washington Inn & Spa offers impeccable spa treatments, as well as 63 rooms and suites.
Depending on the time of the year there are a number of festivals and activities to enjoy in Abington. The Virginia Highlands Festival is 10 days of music, art, and food. There is also the Virginia Creeper Fest each spring that celebrates the trail. Abingdon also has a concert series called January Jams, held at the historic Barter Theatre. Nationally recognized musicians like Ricky Scaggs, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Jaxon Isbell have all performed.
Here are a few of the many things to do and see in Abingdon: