Shot Tower to Foster Falls Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Shot Tower to Foster Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Austinville, Virginia. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, horses, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
104 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

road biking

New River Trail State Park 176 Orphanage Dr. Foster Falls, VA 24360

7 months ago

Very interesting place that was used to make shot for ammunition not much of a walk around the grounds but definitely a must see if in the area you can go inside on Saturdays

10 months ago

The New River Trail is a 57-mile long state park, of which 39 miles parallels the river. This is supposedly one of the world's top five oldest rivers, and one of the few that flows north. This section hike takes you on a short but very scenic 3-mile round trip between the Shot Tower (a state historical park) and Foster Falls, which has a campground right along the river and a number of recreational opportunities. I parked in the lot at the Shot Tower (just a stone's throw from I-77...take exit 24 and head approximately 2 miles north on Route 52 to the entrance road). The tower was built in 1807 to manufacture ammunition for firearms. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and one of only a few still remaining. It is open for tours on certain days. This part of the trail is great for getting exercise, taking in some history and pretty scenery and having a nice family outing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Great walk. The new river trail is wide and well maintained. You can park and visit the Shot Tower and walk to Foster Falls. The entire trail goes from Grayson County, Galax, Carroll County, Wythe County, and Pulaski County.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This is a great trail if you just want an easy day. It's flat and wide. Typically you can see people biking and riding horses. Great for training a dog to hike with you on a leash. Beware: there are some distractions along the way for the pups... Squirrels! The trail runs right along the New River, so it's a pretty walk too!

4 months ago

Monday, July 25, 2016