Days in Damascus, Virginia
the middle of May, fellow hikers have their chance to come together
and reminisce. Trail Days is an annual event held in Damascus, Virginia.
The Appalachian Trail passes right through this quiet little town,
population about one thousand. In 2003, Trail Days was held from
Friday, May16th through the 17th. Hikers start piling in throughout
the week and as Friday comes along, this sleepy town turns into
thru-hikers will be either beyond Damascus or perhaps too far
behind to make it in time for the event. Don't worry - most
have found it pretty easy to hitch a ride. It's a great place
to meet up with everyone you've met along the way. There's a
parade arranged on Saturday during which Trail Alumni have a "gift" for
all the new thru-hikers.
the festival atmosphere comes great food, music, vendors, and booths
set up by some of the leading gear manufacturers and representatives.
This is a great chance to revitalize your gear or pick up something
new. Gear reps are extremely generous; thru-hikers shouldn't be afraid
to state any complaints they may have. If your pack is not fitting
right, your boots falling apart, or perhaps you're just not completely
satisfied with something, this is your chance to take care of it.
Most hikers leave extremely satisified. Last year some of the reps
that attended the event were MSR, Gregory, Mountain Hardware, PUR,
Leki, Asolo, and more. It's a good idea to consider this when purchasing
your gear before the trip. Also, the local outfitters have great discounts
throughout the weekend.
camping and hostels are in place, but plan ahead if you need a break
from trail life because the B&B's fill up fast. If I remember
correctly, there aren't any hotels located in town, so check out
Abingdon, about fourteen miles away. There you'll find all your
modern necessities such as a movie theater, fast food restaurants,
groceries, and more.
had a great time at Trail Days. Don't miss it!
2006 Trail Days Celebration will be held in Damascus, Virginia
from May 19 through May 21. Visit the Town
of Damascus website for a complete Trail