Damascus is a popular pit stop for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The downtown is quite picturesque, with homes and churches that date from its heyday as a stop on the Norfolk & Western Railway's spur line that ran from Abingdon VA to West Jefferson NC until the mid-1970s. The former rail bed through the town has been converted into a walking and biking path called the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Damascus is on US 58, roughly a 20-minute drive from Interstate 81 and Abingdon.
On the eastern side of town, drivers have the option of staying on US 58 into Grayson County VA or turning south into Johnson County TN. US 58 becomes extremely curvy outside of Damascus heading east, with signs advising truck drivers to take an alternate route.
The road into Tennessee (TN 91) has some relatively gentle curves along the Big Laurel Creek and then straightens out as it goes through Laurel Bloomery TN into Mountain City.
The nearest major chain hotels are located about a 20-minute drive west on US 58, at the Abingdon/Damascus exit on Interstate 81.
Bed & Breakfasts
- 1 Lazy Fox Inn, 133 Imboden St., ☎ . A bed and breakfast located on the shore of Laurel Creek offering 4 rooms for rent.
- 2 Mountain Laurel Inn, 22750 Jeb Stuart Hwy., ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Located in a Victorian style home built in the early 20th century, this bed and breakfast offers 5 rooms for rent.
- 3 The Millsap-Baker Estate, 32026 Hollyfield Rd., ☎ , e-mail: info@MillsapBaker.com. A Victorian style house with 4 rooms for rent.
- 4 [dead link] The Victorian Inn, 203 N. Legion St., ☎ . A Victorian style home built in 1903. This bed and breakfast offers 2 rooms for rent.
- 5 Creekside RV Park, 100 Railroad Ave., ☎ , e-mail: Rusnet74@yahoo.com. A campground featuring full hook up campsites and 2 cabins for rent. Amenities include shower houses and free wi-fi, The campground is open May 1- October 31.
- 6 Laurel Creek RV Park, 812 Orchard Hill Rd., ☎ . This campground offers 16 full hook up campsites for rent. The campground is open year round and offers daily, weekly, and monthly rates.
- 7 Damascus Old Mill Inn, 215 W. Imboden St., ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This historic hotel has 12 rooms for rent as well as an on site pub and restaurant.
- 8 The Montgomery Homestead Inn, 103 Laurel Ave., ☎ , e-mail: Montgomeryhomestead@yahoo.com. A small inn offering 4 rooms for rent.
- The Inn on Creeper Way, 126 W Creepers Way, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 3 bedroom, 2 bath on the Creeper Trail. It rents to groups and is not a nightly rental. 2 day minimum