New River Trail State Park

Pulaski, Virginia

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The trail runs from the town of Pulaski to Galax, with a 5-mile spur going to Fries. Scenery includes bucolic farmland, dense woods, rocky cliffs, and 200-foot railroad trestles above the New River. However, this 55-mile point-to-point converted railroad line runs downhill from Galax to Claytor Lake, some 43 miles. For this reason many riders will elect to start at Fries or Galax and, with the help of a shuttle from New River Bicycles, ride to the shop's location at Draper or continue all the way to Pulaski. The ever-changing trail scenery includes waterfront views along the New River; secluded wooded settings on one side and sheer wall of granite on the other; and railroad trestle crossings hovering hundreds of feet above streams such as Cripple Creek. Find out in advance is there is a trail closure between mileposts 17 and 19.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

The trail runs from the town of Pulaski to Galax, with a 5-mile spur going to Fries. Scenery includes bucolic farmland, dense woods, rocky cliffs, and 200-foot railroad trestles above the New River. However, this 55-mile point-to-point converted railroad line runs downhill from Galax to Claytor Lake, some 43 miles.

For this reason many riders will elect to start at Fries or Galax and, with the help of a shuttle from New River Bicycles, ride to the shop's location at Draper or continue all the way to Pulaski. The ever-changing trail scenery includes waterfront views along the New River; secluded wooded settings on one side and sheer wall of granite on the other; and railroad trestle crossings hovering hundreds of feet above streams such as Cripple Creek. Find out in advance is there is a trail closure between mileposts 17 and 19.

©  Randy Porter/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pulaski
Distance: 55
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: New River Trail State Park 540-699-6778
Driving Directions: Directions to New River Trail State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

10/3/2009
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Wonderful trail with picture taking opportunities every few feet (that gave me a reason to quit riding). Flat well maintained trail. We got on in Fries Va and turned around at the Galax split, after crossing the train tressel. Lots of fun and an easy ride for just about anyone. We saw someone in a golf cart riding on the trail, which I thought was a good idea for someone who could not walk or bike the trail. It is a beauty that should be enjoyed by everyone.


9/17/2002
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Quite simply put I love this trail. Overall this trail is flat; so flat that coasting is not an option. This makes this trail as difficult areobic trail as you want to make it. Couple that with the many access points along the way and the trail is never the same ride twice. If you go take everything you will need for a wilderness ride. Though you may be close to civilization, it is still a long way out if your 10 miles away from your car and you break down. Best of all this is a great ride rain or shine; bad weather is no excuse for missing a good ride. There are changing booths here and there so you can shed the wet and muddy for the clean and dry.


2/3/2001
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Beautiful trail for the family outing. Smooth old rail bed, perfect for a family cruise. Terrain is fairly level with some awesome views of the lake. You will cross several old train tretles along the way. Enjoy!



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