Partner: George Washington-Jefferson National Forests
In 1914, just over a century ago, the Norfolk and Western Railroad built Green Cove Station on land stewarded by the Eastern Cherokee Band, Uchee, and Moneton Tribes. The station was conveniently positioned between Abingdon, Virginia and West Jefferson, North Carolina. However, the Appalachian Mountains, known for both their beauty and their steepness, impeded trains’ speed. Given the slow-going route, Green Cove’s train line became known as the Virginia Creeper. The station was more than just purely functional. Green Cove was a social center! Community members picked up mail here, met the train, and gossiped (amicably, we hope) with their neighbors. Green Cove is the last remaining passenger station on Norfolk and Western Railroad’s Abingdon Branch and today, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (GWJNF) steward the station. If you haven’t experienced the beauty and challenge of these Eastern mountains, now is your chance to do so! This project features an accessible scope of work including painting, scraping, and light carpentry. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers (even larger ones) can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available! Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed.