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

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.

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
4 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

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

mountain biking
6 months ago

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
8 months ago

loved it

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.

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.

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