Destination guide

A small mountain town with big-time adventures

Nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, just across from the Tennessee border, Damascus offers loads of small-town charm. Soak up the picturesque scenery, as Laurel Creek cuts through the heart of downtown, a cozy place dotted with little boutiques, family-friendly eateries, and homey bed and breakfasts. But most people book a Damascus vacation rental to enjoy the city's numerous trails, which you can explore on foot or bicycle. These trails include a portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail, which runs right through town, and the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile mountain hike.

Things to do

From beer to bird watching, Damascus offers it all

If you're still not done with the great outdoors, visit Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a 154,000-acre green space dotted with forests, mountains, and more than 500 miles of hiking trails. The preserve also offers opportunities for picnicking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and swimming. For a more laid-back vibe, make your way to the Damascus Brewery and sample a variety of brews while listening to live music. Hoping to find some culture near your Damascus vacation rental? The renowned Barter Theatre, just 20 minutes away in nearby Abingdon, stages live shows throughout most of the year.


Looks like it's time to be hitting the old dusty trail…

Aptly known as Trail Town USA, Damascus is home to trails of all shapes and sizes for hiking, jogging, horseback riding and cycling. Outdoor excursions are celebrated each year at the Trail Days Festival, a 3-day event in May with live music, food, local vendors and, of course, hiking. If you prefer some splash in your adventures, area waterways offer opportunities for kayaking and fishing, or you can rent a pontoon boat at South Holston Lake, just a 35-minute drive from your Damascus vacation rental. For a slower pace, explore the quaint antique shops of downtown Damascus.


Snowfall, sunshine, showers, and everything in between

Winter is coming—it's time to bundle up! Daytime temperatures in the winter usually measure around the 40s and evenings can dip way below freezing. And while you can expect snow from December through March, it sometimes falls as early as November and as late as April. Things start to warm up in the spring with highs in the 60s and 70s and by summer, temperatures shoot up to the 80s. June and July are the wettest months in Damascus so bring an umbrella, while fall is the driest season with highs in the 50s and 60s.

Natural features

A watery landscape with plenty of wildlife

Water flows throughout Damascus, with streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes dotting the scenery, as avid fisherman cast their lines, hoping to reel in wild trout. For those that prefer to stay dry, you'll find plenty of trails leading into the mountains, through thick forests and past craggy caves. The surrounding George Washington and Jefferson National Forests feature old growth forests, home to such critters as black bears, white-tailed deer, and beavers. Bird watchers will spot plenty of feathered friends in the pristine countryside, including warblers, hawks, and owls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Damascus

Fly into Abingdon, VA (VJI-Virginia Highlands), the closest airport, located 20.4 mi (32.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Tri-Cities, TN (TRI-Tri-Cities Regional), which is 42.6 mi (68.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Damascus?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 273 vacation rentals near Damascus. From 165 Cabins to 165 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Damascus for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Damascus?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Damascus. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Virginia Creeper Trail: 417 vacation rentals
  • Adventure Damascus: 111 vacation rentals
  • Hungry Mother State Park: 30 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Aire Golf Club: 1,159 vacation rentals
  • Abingdon Courthouse: 115 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Damascus listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Damascus?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 165 Cabins in Damascus. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Damascus include:

  • Cottages: 165 rentals available
  • Houses: 67 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 165 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Damascus?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in Damascus. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.