Explore fun things to do in Abingdon, like hiking the Virginia Creeper Trail

Whether you’re planning family adventures on South Holston Lake or a romantic getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Country Inn & Suites in Abingdon is the ideal starting point for a variety of things to do. Stroll down the brick sidewalks of historic downtown Abingdon, about five minutes from the hotel, to browse antique shops, galleries, and the Abingdon Farmers Market—the perfect place to buy handmade fudge to keep in your room for a snack. Wander through the sculpture garden at William King Museum of Art, or tackle the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail, which follows a scenic, former lumber-train route. Want to discover the area’s impressive musical legacy? Take a drive on The Crooked Road, or visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in nearby Bristol to learn about the famous 1927 recording sessions that took place there.

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Abingdon Historic District

3.4 mi / 5.47 km from the hotel
During your visit to downtown Abingdon, wander onto Main and Valley streets for a glimpse of 19th-century urban architecture in the numerous structures and residences that make up the historic district.

The Arts Depot

2.43 mi / 3.92 km from the hotel
View work by regional artists, including paintings, ceramics, and textiles, in three galleries housed in a 1860s train station. You can also glimpse the creative process and buy pieces in seven on-site studios or browse the gift shop for souvenirs.

Barter Theatre

2.1 mi / 3.38 km from the hotel
See a theatrical performance where many great film stars got their start, including Gregory Peck, Ned Beatty, and Ernest Borgnine. This historic venue first opened in 1933.

Bristol Caverns

15.26 mi / 24.55 km from the hotel
Unusual rock formations and an underground lake are the big draws at this popular tourist attraction.

Bristol Motor Speedway

22.37 mi / 35.99 km from the hotel
Cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver at Bristol Motor Speedway, featuring a half-mile concrete oval track. The speedway welcomes two major NASCAR weekends a year.

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

29.35 mi / 47.23 km from the hotel
If you love exploring the outdoors, don’t miss the chance to fish, hike, and horseback ride at Mount Rogers, which includes access to the Virginia Creeper Trail.

South Holston Lake

15.74 mi / 25.34 km from the hotel
This scenic, 7,850-acre reservoir is a prime destination for paddling and fishing enthusiasts. Scan the shoreline for herons and bald eagles from a kayak, or cast a line for bass, crappie, and walleye.

The Crooked Road

3.85 mi / 6.2 km from the hotel
Cruise through the mountains of Southwest Virginia along The Crooked Road, a 330-mile driving trail that connects nine major music venues and more than 60 other affiliated establishments in an effort to celebrate the region’s music heritage.

Abingdon Cinemall

1 mi / 1.61 km from the hotel
When you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity, catch a movie at this theater, which also features an expansive arcade the kids will love.