Explore the most popular Paddle Sports trails in Virginia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Turn off is poorly marked. Sway bridge is dilapidated. Could be a gorgeous spot but overall it’s very neglected.

Trail is well maintained; plenty of awesome reservoir views. They have a boat rental and a nice bike trail too. Worth going back!

Great trails with a variety of forest, fields and board walks over the marsh. There is a fishing pier and kayak launch as well as an old graveyard.

paddle sports
4 days ago

I read the other reviews and I think some folks are confused. This isn’t meant to be a walking trail; it’s a paddle trail (I.e canoe or kayak). It’s a fairly easy paddle; the way out was against the current, so it was a little tough with my aluminum canoe (loaded down with our picnic gear, a nine year old and our dog). Scenic and quiet; we were the only boat on the water and the float back was enjoyable.

Nice running or walking trail. Good area for grilling and picnics as well.

Terrible mosquito problem, and apparently no bikes allowed. This should not have been provided to me as a road biking option.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

Beautiful trail and view of the river. Interesting displays to read the history of the Potomac Gorge. Nice changes in elevation, relatively easy and is a great date opportunity. Guaranteed to have a good time here!

New River Trail State Park 116 Orphanage Dr, Max Meadows, VA 24360, USA +1 276-699-6778 https://maps.app.goo.gl/RnTWK7ysyu13LomS6 this is the correction location to get to parking area in Pulaski

Have run this section several times and it is great even though it isn't complete. I actually enjoy the dirt trails more then the paved path on the completed sections. The trails are going to be awesome once completed.

hiking
15 days ago

Started at Draper and hiked, jogged to the New River bridge and back, about 8.5 miles. Light rain most of the time but the trail is easy and pretty. Saw fawn, turkey and other small critters and birds. Temperature was pleasant. Great easy hike or jog.

hiking
16 days ago

There actually is no Pyrite Mine Trail, it’s actually a combination of serval sections of other trails to make a nice loop. The trails are really well blazed and maintained The first third or so that follows the creek was the best section. Because of that I think there are better trails to stick to for a more scenic hike of roughly the same area than this combo.

on New River Trail

mountain biking
17 days ago

Great trail for biking. We LOVE this park and visit often. Great places to stop and have a picnic. Beautiful scenery and great views.

horseback riding
20 days ago

The worse place for trail ridding with your horse unless you running a track. the trails goes around the outteer edge towards the field with the sun bright and if it's a hot day, you'll suffer the heat The bitting flies was awful. Will NOT be returning to this unbarebly boaring trail again.

very good rocky road in some areas and a lot of life aya inside, there are places where you can n give a good dip just fantastic

Great loop for a pleasant Sunday morning hike. Not crowded at all (like many others around DC this time of year) and has lots of shade and water. The Pyrite Mine site was very cool, especially the before/after restoration pictures.

My 12 year old son and I really enjoy mountain biking here. The trails are well marked and have plenty of room for passing and the views are serene.

hiking
bugs
23 days ago

This is a nice 10+ mile loop. 2/3 of the distance is in Creek bottom parkland. The other third is the W&OD. For that section I take the side trail to avoid all the bikers. A few weeks ago there were no bus, but lots of mud. Today there was very little mud, but will a few bugs. That's just the way it is as we move into summer time.

hiking
28 days ago

Was here on Memorial Monday morning. Saw a lot of beer bottles and soda cans on the rocks. Guys and gals, clean up after yourselves!

Great trail. You can get in free with the every kid in the park pass (4th grade).

Beautiful trail. Some routes closed. We went at 7am and it took us 2.5 hours to complete. Perfect temperature.

hiking
closed
30 days ago

on Pyrite Mine Loop Trail

hiking
30 days ago

I got more solitude than I was expecting, which was quite nice. Flat for the most part and nice elevation in some spots. Not hard to follow with this app to be honest. It’s nice long distance challenge with rewarding stream and small cascades. Highly recommend it!

Great trail with good walking path. Enjoy the wetlands for half the walk with beautiful bridges and scenic overlooks and the other half through wooded trails. I saw deer, turtles, fish, and woodpeckers while hiking. If you want to make it a little longer then take Wynn’s Mill loop and see some really cool civil war era earthen structures that confederate soldiers used to defend union advances from marching to Richmond.

Overall I enjoyed both the park and the trails. Portions of the trails were closed, but the rest of the park was beautiful. The trails range from easy to moderate.

mountain biking
bugs
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Good little ride today. Nothing special. There are holes in the trails where standing water is. I wasn’t too concerned with them. The exposed tree roots are a little more bumpy than I would have like since I was on a hybrid bike. Loud from the highway just as everyone else has commenters. Pine needles everywhere on the twirls!!)$

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