Salt Trail

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Salt Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glade Spring, Virginia that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
183 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running




wild flowers


Rails to Trails running from Saltville, VA to Glade Spring, VA. Starting at the Glade Spring trail end, the useable trail is 6.0 miles one way. The useable portion of the trail ends about a 1/10 of a mile past the tallest/longest trestle on the trail. If wanting to continue on into Saltville you would have to use about 1 to 1 1/2 miles of the new road that was cut through portions of the railroad bed. Trail can be muddy at times. Parking at the Glade Spring end is 1/10 mile past the trail end on Old Mill Road just off of Hwy 91, which is exit 29 on I-81.

8 months ago

Great place to walk with a dog with very little traffic

9 months ago

This is one of those rails to trails that is under appreciated. it follows the old mathieson Alkali works rail spur into Saltville. the listed mileage is actually incorrect as the actual mileage is 8.5 miles. This is an interesting Trail as it passes through dense woodlands and open pastures most of it's length.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Glade Spring, VA derives from the Indian word Passawatami which means "this is the place,"but I couldn't find it ! There wasn't any historical markers present on the main road headed West on Marble Rd. Or VA 91, Public Information signs, we're missing at two y intersections which made you leaving to guess. I did find the trail head, but it passes 200 feet from someones home, and I did not feel comfortable walking through a home owners yard. Even so, 100 yards out was a big fence with the gate closed.

A walk to find the Salt Trail netted me 4.8 miles and it was a really nice day to be outside.

Most of the locals know the first permanent settlers were the Porterfield family in 1760, they were not relatives to the Hatfield Family.

A post office had moved back in a day, from Old Glade to Glade Spring Depot in 1856, due to the arrival of the railroad.

During this time Civil War broke out about "Individual Rights." The local men made up their own military unit called "The Glade Spring Rifles." After the war, with the railroad access, Glade Spring turned into a prime shipping yard for produce, livestock and other local goods.

The town incorporated in 1875, with 31 houses (three were brick), six stores, two hotels, and a Masonic Hall.

However, in 1892 the passenger train service discontinued. In remembrance, the train tracks of the 8.91 "Saltville Branch", have transformed into a hiking and biking trail called the "Salt Trail".

This was the type of passenger locomotive used in the era; a Ps-4 no. 1401 on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

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