Looking for something fun to do while visiting the high country? Here's a memorable trip I've done a number of times with friends and family. Everyone raves about it. Drive an hour north on Hwy 421 to Hwy 91 to Damascus, VA. There I would recommend using "Blue Blazes" as an outfitter www.blueblazebikeandshuttle.com/ and for $35 or so they'll equip you with a mountain bike, helmet, water bottle and ferry you to the top of Whitetop Mountain. From there you can coast the 16 miles back down to Damascus over the old Virginia Creeper Railroad Trail. You'll cross numerous tall trestles bridging the thundering gorge below. Stop half way down at a deli for a sandwich by the creek. This mountain gathers weather so pack a waterproof jacket, hat and sunscreen. You'll have a blast. Check out http://www.VaCreeperTrail.com .