Linear Park. It has a nice ring to it, and New river Trail State Park is Virginia's only one, all 55 official miles of it. If looking down into the churning white water of a mountain river hundreds of feet below weaken you grip on the handlebar, you'll need to dismount and walk across the trestles more than once.
Likewise, if dark gives you anxiety attacks, you may want to travel prepared with a bike light. One tunnel is 229 feet long. The overall length makes riding the entire stretch in one day impractical for most. And the ride along America's second oldest river is too good to rush. So mount the panniers and stow the fly rod and camping equipment.
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