Explore the most popular trails in New River Trail State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

New River Trail State Park has been designated an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The park parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world's oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north * Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long * Three major bridges: Hiwasee - 951 feet; Ivanhoe - 670 feet; Fries Junction - 1,089 feet * Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles * A shot tower used more than 200 years ago to make ammunition

12 days ago

Nice leisurely walking trail in old railroad bed. would be great for horseback riding.

This trail is listed as easy and truly is. It would make a great walk for folks who need a flat surface to walk on. The views of the river are great and the tunnel is a neat highlight. The only drawback is not being able to see the river while crossing the bridge.

7 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

Nice *easy* gravel/sand trail on *pedal assisted bikes* as we are not fit & are getting back into biking (you must pedal but there are 3 levels of assistance while pedaling). Could be a bit muddy if its rained. It would be much nicer if they had trail maps at entrance points with milage charts showing how far it is from "here" to "there" Cell networks are unavailable for the majority of the trail. You need to know ahead of time how far your destination is & have a mileage counter & downloaded map. Did not find any shuttles in early August. It would be another bonus allowing you to ride/walk to a destination-have lunch & take yourself/ bikes back to your parking area.

8 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.

Love this trail, great for families with little ones

10 months ago

Perfect long run location, mostly flat and views of the Claytor Lake. Can be crowded at times but the trail is on a 15-20’ Wide old RR bed and is well maintained.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Easy and scenic trail. Make sure to visit Foster Falls.

If you are looking for a flat surface to walk, run, bike, or ride a horse on, this is a nice trail. It’s about 4.5 miles round trip from the parking area to the restroom. Points of interest include the New River, and an old railroad tunnel and trestle.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Beautiful views and perfect for longer flat runs. You have to share the trail with horse riders and bikes but it's not a big deal . Well maintained

road biking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Awesome views, nice easy trail that's not too strenuous. Plenty of places to take detours down to enjoy the river. I had a hybrid bike and rode the trails just fine.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Was a little hesitant to ride on this trail simply because none of it is paved. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the trail is fairly smooth. Had a great time and rode from Pulaski to the Hiwassee Trustle (out and back just a little over 17 miles). As per the NRV Trail Template, the trail is actually 57 miles long (one way). The only complaint I have about the trail is the fact that you have to dodge horse droppings.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is a Rail to Trail that is great nice views of the river most of the way. lots of parking areas along the trail not many shuttle options the one i found was very accommodating ( New River Rentals ) in Fries. We rode it in 2 days 1 day Galax to Fries to Foster Falls 39.6 miles day 2 Foster Falls to Pulaski 22.2 miles. not very crowed, shaded most of the way.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

This is a section of the New River Trail that starts in Galax that follows the Chestnut Creek then meets the leg going to Fries or Pulaski

on New River Trail

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

had a great ride from Fries to just past Fries Junction to the first tunnel. Beautiful river views

Excellent hike! Trail was very well kept. Restroom facility located at Fries Junction at your turn around point. If you have any interest in the railroad this would be a must as this section of the tail includes 1 of only 2 tunnels on the whole trail system, along with a massive steel bridge.

Trail partially shaded by trees and the cool tunnel provide some relief from the heat.

Trail is moderately used. During a two hour period a total of 8 other parties were encountered.

nature trips
Friday, April 21, 2017

loved it

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

quiet enjoyable

mountain biking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Good trail with views of the river.

on New River Trail

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Easy with nice views of the New River

Friday, April 15, 2016

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

on New River Trail

Saturday, March 26, 2016

very easy and beautiful high look outs.

Monday, February 29, 2016

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.

bird watching
Thursday, January 07, 2016


road biking
Sunday, November 15, 2015


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Beautiful spot to view from up high, but not very convenient to access the river from Galax or Fries. I have family with a cabin and have visited for fly fishing. Otherwise the parking nearby has a fee.
•Galax - Parking is available where Route 58 crosses Chestnut Creek. Parking fee required.
•Cliffview - Take Route 58 to Galax;
•Fries - From Route 94, go south to town. Parking is available near the town park. Parking fee required.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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.

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