New River Trail

EASY 16 reviews

New River Trail is a 43 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Max Meadows, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

43.0 miles 2614 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

cave

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the line and removed the tracks. This park also serves as a link to numerous other outdoor recreational areas, including a town park in Fries, Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area, the Dannelly Fitness Complex in Galax, four Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower Historical State Park.

3 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

Good trail with views of the river.

walking
8 months ago

Easy with nice views of the New River

10 months ago

10 months ago

not very challenging an easy beautiful hike mostly over looking the new river. I grew up here and walked this everyday.

road biking
10 months ago

10 months ago

very easy and beautiful high look outs.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

birding
1 year ago

Relaxing

road biking
1 year ago

Great

mountain biking
1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

We utilize this trail in the winter months when we do dry-land mushing with our huskies. Gentle grade and scenery that can't be beat. Places to picnic - tables and benches, great trestle bridges and a few tunnels. One of the best - upkeep is wonderful.

walking
2 years ago

mountain biking
5 years ago

Awesome trail for leisurely biking with a super view the entire length. Great place to get away!

hiking
5 years ago

mountain biking
6 years ago

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.