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Raw Data for the length, height, and location of the
bridges and trestles on the Virginia Creeper Trail

Compiled by Mike Smith, Bob Craig, and Richard Smith.
Mike did most of the work and Bob and I had a pleasant ride one day.
Mike took over from there and measured about half the trestles and bridges and took GPS data.

Architectural and other data exist, but we have not compared the figures below with anything.
The technique for measuring height and length was to use a 300-foot tape and try to be exact.
When measuring height above dry ground, the plumb bob went to the ground.
If a creek or pond, etc., we measured to the water level.

Trestle #

height

length

location

comments

1

21’ 8”

253’ 2 ½

36°42’32.07”N

81°58’16.56”W

Trail head in Abingdon

2

39

280’ 5 ½

36°41’06.65”N

81°56’39.43”W

Near 3 mile marker

3

44’ 6”

250’ 11¾

36°40’55.66”N

81°56’38.75”W

Near 3 mile marker

4

44’ 7”

495’ 8 ¼

36°40’43.12” N

81°56’11.27”W

Watauga parking lot

5

33’ 6”

325’ 9 ½

36°40’50.72”N

81°55’24.59”W

Near old marker 5

6

71’ 5”

450’ 10”

36°40’47.58”N

81°55’09.08”W

Near gap in knobs

7

30’

450’3/8”

36°40’00.29”N

81°55’00.53”W

New trestle in Keller Hollow

8

24’10”

300’4”

36°39’52.97”N

81°54’40.40”W

In Keller Hollow near Middle Fork of Holston River

9

13’6”

89’7”

36°39’48.6”N

81°54’34.9”W

9 & 10 trestles one long handrail, ground space between decks

10

17’2”

114’2”

36°29’47.7”N

81°54’34.3”W

9 & 10 trestles one long handrail, ground space between decks

11

27’ 8”

101’ 8”

36°39’27.2”N

81°54’31.3”W

To cross tie, dry ravine bottom

12

37’ 5”

620’ 10 3/8”

36°39’16.70”N

81°54’12.08”W

South Holston Lake full pool less 9.6

13

12’ 6½”

176’ 10”

36°38’40.87”N

81°52’51.07”W

Dry road (711) passes under trestle

14

12’ 6”

115’ 2”

36°38’43.64”N

81°52”30.85”W

Dry road (711) passes under trestle

15

14’ 4½”

88’ 9”

36°38’38.83”N

81°51’35.02”W

Near where rt.712 crosses trail

16

11’ 8”

414’ 1”

36°38’05.41”N

81°47’28.64”W

Damascus near caboose

17

18’ 2”

407’ 9”

36°37’55.90”N

81°47’10.65”W

In south Damascus near swimming pool

18

10’ 5”

124’ 2”

36°37’35.01”N

81°45’20.01”W


19

18’ 4”

130’ 8”

36°37’44.97”N

81°45’21.54”W


20

19’ 2”

127’ 8”

36°37’49.41”N

81°45’18.82”W


21

14’ 5”

141’ 8”

36°38’03.4”N

81°44’54.2”W

Metal bridge (to deck)

22

8’ 4”

58’ 6”

36°38’35.91”N

81°44’21.09”W

Near Straight Branch parking area- junction of Creeper Trail and AT

23

8’ 10”

126

36°38’26.64”N

81°44’13.15”W


24

15

112

36°38’22.53”N

81°44’02.47”W


25

9’ 8”

108

36°37’58.35”N

81°43’46.73”W


26

13” 8”

99’ 8”

36°37’53.46”N

81°43’32.17”W


27

10’ 5”

153’ 3”

36°37’26.57”N

81°42’48.10”W

Taylor’s Valley

28

9

12

36°37’50.6”N

81°42’27.9”W

To deck

29

14’ 7 ½”

86

36°37’59.6”N

81°42’31.3”W


30

8’ 7½”

122

36°38’12.73”N

81°42’11.74”W


31

13’ 4”

117’ 6”

36°38’9.0”N

81°41’56.1”W


32

9’ 11”

89’ 10”

36°38’39.3”N

81°41’34.0”W

To cross tie

33

12’ 4”

86’ 4”

36°38’46.7”N

81°41’18.1”W

To cross tie

34

11’ 2”

97’ 5”

36°38’49.0”N

81°41’14.0”W

To cross tie

35

11’ 9”

128

36°38’53.9”N

81°40’57.1”W

To cross tie (being replaced)

36

8’ 9”

98’ 4”

36°38’53.2”N

81°40’56.7”W

To cross tie (being replaced)

37

13

129’ 6”

36°38’58.2”N

81°40’46.4”W

To cross tie

38

54

537’ 2”

36°38’51.79”N

81°40’20.27”W

Creek Junction - to cross tie

39

48’ 2”

201

36°38’46.10”N

81°40.19.90”W

Creek Junction - to cross tie

40

18’ 4”

56

36°38’19.2”N

81°40’17.2”W

To cross tie

41

9’ 2”

60

36°38’05.8”N

81°40’01.3”W

To cross tie; near intersection of trail and rt. 859

42

9’ 11”

35

36°37’50.3”N

81°39’49.9”W

Metal bridge - to deck

43

6’ 8½”

35

36°37’45.40”N

81°39’48.0”W

Metal bridge - to deck

44

5’ 6”

43’ 4”

36°37’45.48”N

81°39’48.18”W

To deck

45

5’ 3½”

57

36°37’15.48”N

81°39’31.0”W

To deck

46

63

270’ 3”

36°36’25.56”N

81°38’06.96”W

Between Whitetop & Green Cove

47

20

58’ 1½”

36°35’43.27”N

81°37’18.88”W

Last trestle before NC line

A trestle is a bridge that consists of a number of short spans, supported by splayed vertical elements
and is usually for railroad use. A bridge is a structure built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track,
river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle. Trestle: short spans. Bridge: all the way across.
For our purposes here, we just call everything a trestle.

Measuring crew
The measuring crew hard at work on Trestle 22: Bob Craig (left) and Mike Smith.


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