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Great hike for the family, especially if your family is a couple doggos.

road biking
6 days ago

What a great trail, pretty, just hilly enough and good length. A fair number of people out for a Thursday morning. Believe it when it says “walk your bike “, my wife and I both slid out on the far side of the bridge

mountain biking
21 days ago

Pleasant paved trail to walk, jog or bike. It gets hilly with a couple decent views. Overall its a nice place to get some exercise.

mountain biking
23 days ago

The trails are very good, some are paved, some are dirt and some are grassy levees. All the trails in the scrub and trees may not be marked well but they are easy to follow. Be aware there’s multiple trail intersections and it can be easy to transverse the same loop or you may need to backtrack. Some trails are easier for biking in the morning because of people walking with their dogs. It’s very scenic and you can’t get lost since it’s on an island.

Awe inspiring...a sleeping beauty!

Not for running or walking

2 months ago

Take water and bug spray.

walking
2 months ago

The Natural Bridge is absolutely beautiful and so easy to get to. Just 130+ stairs and a short walk to incredible beauty. Continue on for a leisurely walk along the river, on a wide path and eventually to a 3 tiered waterfall, which is so mild and gently flowing. What a lovely Park to visit and if you have time to take in the Caverns too, I highly recommend.

trail running
2 months ago

I run this trail often with my wife. It's very fun trail with an easy to moderate difficulty based on which end you start from. The northern end of the trail is harder than the southern end.

3 stars for a good clean walk. One side is more scenic than the other.

walking
2 months ago

Love the Carriage Trail. A green urban oasis near downtown Charleston. If you are a resident, it’s terrific to incorporate into a regular routine of walking or running. If you are visiting, it is a fun thing to check out. Some local history, plus easy access to downtown for a coffee at the independent local bookstore, or an ice cream at a locally owned shop on Capitol street afterwards.

Not much to look at. Cyclists all over the trail.

Mainly flat with slight grades. Can cover good miles if you have the time. Great place to cycle, run, walk, roller blade, or really any other non motorized way to get around. Nice connection to downtown Durham. Partly paved and hard packed gravel. Very nice, and fun.

Good paved trail

Beautiful trail easy to traverse. There's lots of scenic places for photos. There are a lot of steps at the beginning but there is a van that takes you to the beginning of the trail. Once you get to the trail there's some inclines but not a lot. Not to bad if your elderly. The Natural Bridge is at the beginning of the trail. The whole trail is a little over 2 miles. A lot of nice scenery for a short hike.

2 months ago

Started in Draper and ran the Clayton Lake bridge and back, total 10 miles. Great views, flat and well maintained.

on Cedar Creek Trail

2 months ago

Great hike to see an amazing attraction. I recommend getting there early, since the crowds get large later in the day.

Wonderful trails with so much to see both man-made and natural. Fun to explore. Always clean and well taken care of. Beautiful area.

road biking
3 months ago

this trail was beautiful and relaxing. It's very peaceful and well kept. Only issue is that I assumed kid-friendly meant flat, which is not so at all and took my still-using-training-wheels kids down the trail and the hills made it stressful, mainly for worrying, but I got extra exercise and overall was a great trip. I would definitely do it again, walking for sure though.

walking
3 months ago

Very pretty area, we do the trail several times a year. The best time to go is when the leaves change, very pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

Very busy trail that passes under the natural bridge, past some caves, by a Native American interpretive village and alongside a river ending at a waterfall. Begins at the Visitors Center at the State Park. Fee and dog friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

The entire New River Trail stretches for a total of 57 miles. Foster Falls seems to be about mid point between Fries VA pronounced Freeze. The Northern stretch from Foster Falls to Dora Junction (Draper VA) is a 4% grade going up and from Foster Falls to Fries is a 4% uphill trek. My wife and I did the trail in two legs. Fries to Foster Falls 4% grade going down and the northern start of the trail at Dora Junction going down 4% all the way to Foster Falls. It is a beautiful trail to experience lined with breadth taking views of the New River, many old railroad trestle's to cross with a tunnel to go through as well. Foster Falls host a Welcome Center with State run facilities since it is a state park. Primitive camping is available at the Foster Falls Park site as well as designated primitive sites along the trail. The Mercantile in Draper VA has a livery shop where bikes can be rented if only a portion of the trail catches your interest. From Draper to Hiwassee where one of the most picturesque views of the New River can be seen on top of an old railroad trestle that crosses the river. If you are fortunate enough you just might see a trail angel that frequents the trail from time to time. The New River Trail is one of the greatest outdoor recreation activity you will find in the state of VA that offers hiking, biking or horse backing it.

walking
4 months ago

Have only briefly walked on this trail, but followed advice from neighbors and friends to not walk trail alone. Heading north into Downtown Durham can get rough on the path.

backpacking
4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. I started in Rice and walked all the way to the bridge. Be sure that you take the trail down to the river as well. Totally worth it. Backpacked a lunch and enjoyed it by the river. The main trail is very wide and has crush and run so it’s good for those who need more support and stability. Bring sunscreen as the mid day sun leaves no shade.

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

road biking
4 months ago

Great Trail. No streets. Paved or good gravel. Lots of trees for shade. love it.

trail running
4 months ago

I love this trail! The trees are beautiful and the bridges add a nice touch. The trail is pretty shaded in the afternoon. There are a few steep hills that are a great end to a work out if that’s what you’re looking for. My doggies also love to walk on this trail! Perfect for fur babies.

walking
4 months ago

Great trail for all activities. Shady, toilets , birds and friendly users. Easy terrain but many hills.

Limited parking, but great for something not too far away from the city.

walking
4 months ago

Great little hike for kids and adults alike, the trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. I highly suggest following the self-guided pamphlet that you will receive when you purchase tickets to the park. Natural Bridge was impressive, as was the Monacan exhibit, and the waterfall at the end of the trail. We went in the summer and I would suggest bug spray and sunscreen. Also, be aware of your surroundings as we did see a snake along the path.

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