New River Trail

EASY 28 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
1,791 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly





horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running




rails trails




wild flowers


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.

28 days ago

Love this trail, great for families with little ones

2 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
3 months ago

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

8 months ago

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
10 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
11 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
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

nature trips
Friday, April 21, 2017

loved it

mountain biking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Good trail with views of the river.

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.

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


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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road biking
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Tuesday, September 06, 2011