Anna Ruby Falls Helen GAAs regular workshop presenters at the annual ALDHA Gathering, we were thrilled to discover that it would be happening in Abington, Virginia, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail and close to Damascus, a popular Appalachian Trail town.

This was the southernmost that the Gathering has been since Sandra joined ALDHA more than twenty years ago, so it was an good excuse to spend some time outdoors while we drove up and back from Florida.

Given the availability of the Virginia Creeper Trail and the perfect timing to enjoy fall color on it, we decided to bring our bikes and look for additional places to ride along our route.

Of course, we can’t go to a hiking conference without getting a little hiking in, too, so we stopped at a couple of footpaths too. We are fortunate to have friends to visit along the way, so our lodging was mainly at the conference.

PLANNING RESOURCES: Old 96 District SC | Traveler’s Rest SC | Pickens SC | Easley SC | Erwin TN | Damascus VA | Abington VA | Franklin NC | Helen GA | Athens GA | Georgia State Parks



Greenwood, South Carolina

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Pickens, South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina

Merrill’s Pizza
Joe’s Easley Ice Cream Parlor
That’s Karma
Poor Richard’s Booksellers

Erwin, Tennessee


Damascus, Virginia

Backbone Rock, Cherokee National Forest
Virginia Creeper Trail
Creeper Trail Cafe
Sundog Outfitter
Mt. Rogers Outfitters
Trails ArT Ware

Abington, Virginia

The Market
Moon Dog Brick Oven
El Bigotes Mexican
Comfort Suites

Franklin, North Carolina

Helen, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Nicholls, Georgia


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