AROUND The Wolf
Surrounded by unique outdoor opportunities, Abingdon will you speechless as you experience the outdoor recreation opportunities. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34.3 mile trail that allows you to see the nature of Southwest Virginia with multiple amenities along the way. From the beautiful mountains ranges to the waterway scenery, the Virginia Creeper Trail will leave you content with Southwest Virginia’s natural beauty. If hiking is not for you, Sportsmans Marina provides you with adequate amounts of aquatic activities. Located on the South Holston Lake, Sportsmans Marina was founded in 1950 and will provide you with a chance to fully experience the South Holston Lake. SOHO Excursions can also be found at the marina where kids can enjoy the lake within a safely managed water park. While the kids are playing, grab a bite to eat at the Broken Ski Grill. With a beautiful lakeside view, a variety of food and drink choices, and a staff that embodies southern charm, Sportsmans Marina and the Broken Ski Grill will leave you connected to Southwest Virginia.
SOUTH HOLSTON LAKE
South Holston Lake is a big draw for area anglers. The reservoir is loaded with sought after sportfish, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and walleye, in addition to foraging fish, like gizzard shad and alewives. Other alluring species include monstrous channel catfish, common carp, and quillback. Plus, the lake is also stocked with brown, rainbow, and lake trout.
Following the route of an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail is named for the steam engine that once chugged along it and for the Virginia Creeper vine that populates the area. With the abandonment of many railroads in the 1970s, a national movement gained momentum to convert train tracks into trails. A coalition of local citizens, government and the US Forest Service banded together to acquire the old railroad right-of-way, and thus the Creeper Trail was born in 1987. The 34-mile multi-use trail begins in Abingdon, a popular access point at Mile 0, and then carries on through rolling farmland to Damascus at Mile 15.5. From there, the Virginia Creeper winds up to its highest point at Whitetop Station, offering plenty of amenities and activities along the way.
Fly fishing the South Holston river is considered to be technical fishing by many anglers. This is one of the best tailwaters in the Eastern United States. It is one of a few tailwaters in the South that is capable of reproduction of trout. Brown trout spawn in the river with success.
In the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional, repertory theatre, 17-19 productions per year, and two unique stages: Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Open Feb. – Dec. Call or go to www.bartertheatre.com for performance schedule.