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Whitetop is an unincorporated community located in Grayson County, Virginia, in the southwestern part of the state. It is the southern terminus of the well-known Virginia Creeper Trail. Whitetop is named for nearby Whitetop Mountain, which is the second-tallest mountain in Virginia, behind Mount Rogers. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 35-mile, multi-purpose rail trail that runs from Abingdon to Whitetop. It crosses numerous restored trestles and part of the Appalachian Trail. The trail runs along a right-of-way dating to the 1880s that first belonged to the Abingdon Coal and Iron Railroad. It extends from Abingdon, through Watauga, Alvarado, Damascus, Straight Branch, Taylors Valley, Creek Junction, Green Cove and Whitetop. The elevation of the trail drops approximately 300 feet from Alvarado to the South Holston River and then climbs nearly 2,000 feet to Whitetop. The Damascus to Whitetop trail follows Laurel Creek through mostly National Forest land. A rare 4-8-0 steam engine is located at the trailhead in Abingdon, and several restored stations survive beside the trail itself. Whitetop is also host to the Mountain Ramp Festival each May. This fun event offers authentic mountain arts and crafts and old time Bluegrass mountain music provided by some of the best fiddlers in the region. The highlight of the day is the Ramp Eating Contest ( a ramp is a wild leek that grows in the high mountains of southwest Virginia.)

Surrounding areas: Damascus, Virginia (11.4 mi), Mouth of Wilson, Virginia (13.8 mi), Blacksburg, Virginia (16.4 mi), Abingdon, Virginia (22.8 mi), Bristol, Virginia (33.6 mi), Galax, Virginia (36.8 mi)

Whitetop Vacation Rentals

Whitetop Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC14.5 mi.(336) 982-4449
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC15.0 mi.(336) 246-8845
Travelodge Glade Spring12412 Maple StGlade Spring, VA15.6 mi.(276) 429-5131
Comfort Inn5558 Lee HwyAtkins, VA19.4 mi.(276) 783-2144
Holiday Inn Express940 E Main StAbingdon, VA20.9 mi.(276) 676-2829
Quality Inn & Suites930 E Main StAbingdon, VA20.9 mi.(276) 676-9090
Hampton Inn Abingdon340 Commerce DrAbingdon, VA22.6 mi.(276) 619-4600
Super 8 Motel298 Towne Centre DrAbingdon, VA22.7 mi.(276) 676-3329
Martha Washington Inn150 West Main StAbingdon, VA22.8 mi.(276) 628-3161
Comfort Inn170 Jonesboro RdAbingdon, VA22.9 mi.(276) 676-2222
Comfort Suites Abingdon1093 Ole Berry DrAbingdon, VA22.9 mi.(276) 698-3040
Alleghany Inn531 N Main StSparta, NC26.4 mi.(336) 372-2501
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 266-1100
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 268-0099
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 264-4100
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC27.7 mi.(828) 264-8413
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC28.4 mi.(828) 262-0020
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC28.8 mi.(828) 264-2451
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC28.9 mi.(828) 264-2451
La Quinta Inn #933 - Bristol1014 Old Airport RdBristol, VA29.8 mi.(276) 669-9353
Courtyard By Marriott Bristol3169 Linden DrBristol, VA29.9 mi.(276) 591-4400

Whitetop Weather & Climate

The mountainous Northeast region of Tennessee has a temperate climate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year so there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year, but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes it seem hotter than it actually is. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 22°F 3.87 in. -
February 48°F 23°F 3.56 in. -
March 58°F 31°F 4.20 in. -
April 66°F 37°F 3.65 in. -
May 74°F 47°F 4.73 in. -
June 80°F 55°F 4.39 in. -
July 83°F 59°F 4.00 in. -
August 83°F 58°F 3.58 in. -
September 77°F 51°F 3.16 in. -
October 67°F 39°F 3.25 in. -
November 57°F 31°F 3.34 in. -
December 47°F 25°F 3.08 in. -

Whitetop Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 38 miles southeast of Whitetop in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located approximately 46 miles west of Whitetop in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 61 miles south of Whitetop in Hickory, North Carolina, the New River Valley airport (PSK) located around 61 miles northeast of Whitetop in Dublin, Virginia, and finally the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located about 74 miles west of Whitetop in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Whitetop Attractions

Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC106.4 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC112.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA11.4 mi.
Scenic View Golf CourseChilhowieVA13.5 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN15.4 mi.
Holston Hills Country ClubMarionVA15.5 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC16.4 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN20.5 mi.
Saltville Golf CourseSaltvilleVA21.0 mi.
New River Country ClubTwin OaksNC23.5 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC28.0 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC28.0 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC34.3 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC34.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC34.8 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV72.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC76.4 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV88.4 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC113.3 mi.
State Parks
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA5.3 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC16.1 mi. 
Hungry Mother State ParkVA18.9 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC31.6 mi. 
Stone Mountain State ParkNC32.9 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN47.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN47.5 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC88.3 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA101.5 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC116.8 mi.

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