I hiked the Gambetta to Fries Junction segment. It is a great way to get to the main New River Trail. It follows the picturesque Chestnut Creek. It includes a tunnel and crosses the river at the Fries Junction bridge (the longest of the three major bridges). I am sure I will be back soon to explore other parts of the trail.
Bikers beware! This trail has gone to the horses. We visit this trail every year but we're very disappointed this year. From mile 24-34 the trail has been destroyed by horses. To the parks credit they were working even on Sunday to drag the trail to help improve conditions. The views of the river are beautiful. I hope they are able to get the trail back in good condition soon.
New River Trail Cruise - Galax is a portion of the New River Trail State Park which runs from Fries to Pulaski, Va - which includes the Galax to Fries Spur. It is part of the Rails to Trails program. The trail is crushed stone, wide, very little grade, with lots of scenery. The trail has multiple bridges and a tunnel. It is a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Multiple access points - some pay to park ($2-$3). I rode my Mt. Bike the length of the trail - easy to ride with little effort. Great scenery along Chestnut Creek. - Aprox. 12 miles from Galax to Fries Junction of New River Trail.