New River Trail State Park

Galax, Virginia

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Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, where the river and forest and historical mining tidbits are your constant companions. Surface: Cinder and ballast stone.
Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)

Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, where the river and forest and historical mining tidbits are your constant companions. Surface: Cinder and ballast stone.

© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking
Nearby City: Galax
Distance: 57
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface:
Access: Moderate
Best Times: Open year round
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to New River Trail State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

10/20/2009
0

I have done all 57 miles . The ride from Fosters Fall to Fries Junction is fantastic. Had a bear run in front of us. WAY COOL!!! the ride from Pulaski to Claytor Lake is not as nice as the rest of the trail but still well worth the ride. Great trail for those just starting out (like me) very few grades and the scenery is great.


8/29/2009
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8/3/2008
1

Excellent trail. Campground located right on the trail. Some parts a bit buisy for my liking, but majority of it was great.


7/1/2008
0

Another good family ride. Rode from Galax to Pulaski. Not allot of places to eat and re-fill along the way, but a beautiful ride.


6/10/2007
0

Beautiful early summer day, rode from Fries to Byllesby Dam and back, about 18 miles. Early part of trail coming out of Fries runs very close to a road which was fortunately not too busy. River in Fries spectacularly gorgeous, and beauty was amazing throughout ride. Trail surface just fine. Toilets at Fries and at junction of the Fries Spur and main trail from Galax both a bit ripe, but bearable. I feel blessed to live close enough to ride this trail regularly. Note there are no parking fees in Fries, so I can feel guilty for enjoying it for free as well (as I do not pay Virginia taxes). Post-ride lunch at Shaylynn's in Fries was solid American food and cheap (turn left out of parking lot and it is just a short distance away, on the left past the fire station that sits back from the road a bit).



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