The address is “Damascus”, but Green Cove Station is located about 15 miles outside of the town of Damascus.
At the good sized gravel parking area, you have a restored 19th century railroad depot that serves as a little visitors center that is open from April to October. I read that it includes original contents from the general store and post office. Steve and I went in, but I was more focused on t-shirts, hats, etc. They also have drinks and snacks. There are pit toilets back behind the depot.
We started out on the trail and headed towards Damascus. It was a very easy 4 mile round trip walk from Green Cove Station to where the Creeper trail crosses gravel Grassy Ridge Road. The trestles for this section of the trail are trestles 41 through 45. This is a pretty cool section of the trail too because I like barns, and there are several barns. Not long after we started out on the trail, we were approaching trestle 45 and saw what we thought were huge pigs in a field. We walked over to snap some photos when a couple of them were not very happy with our approach. Those suckers were huge so we didn’t get too close. Continuing on, after you cross trestle 42, you are then going to find several spots where you can get out and enjoy the creek. There are some nice rapids along this section. You eventually then reach trestle 41 which is at Grassy Ridge Road, which is where we turned around.
So, I always carry bear spray with me no matter where we walk / hike. Even if I would see a bear, my intention would not be to use the bear spray. I just keep it handy, just in case. Today was the first time that I’ve ever taken it out of my backpack in preparation for possible use. We were heading towards Grassy Ridge Road. We came to a section of the trail where someone drives their vehicle across the trail to get to their barn. There were 2 dogs. One seemed friendly and had a collar. The other one didn’t have a collar and did not seem friendly at all. It was just that dog’s stance. So still and just staring. I figured that the dog wouldn’t cause a problem because we’d had bicyclists that had already passed us and gone through this section. But, I wasn’t taking any chances. No problems. I was hoping when we walked back to Green Cove Station that the dog would be gone, and it was.
Here are a few photos from today.
Address for GPS: 41259 Green Cove Road, Damascus, VA
Green Cove Station
Mileage sign when you first start out on the trail
Not long after you start out, little barn on the left
Then you’ll come across this little Christmas Tree Farm on the right
Then you have the field with the pigs. One of the pigs.
It amused me to take a picture of this sign and the dilapidated old house back behind it
Another barn and some little building that’s about to fall to the ground
This barn is way in the background, but I thought the picture was pretty cool with just a little piece of the hill back behind it with sun shining on it.
Down on the creek
Another area of the creek where the rocks are bigger and it’s harder to see the rapids
Down on the creek below trestle 41. This trestle is at Grassy Ridge Road where we turned around.
One last shot of the trail going back into the trees