Explore the most popular rails trails 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.

17 hours ago

Started in Draper and ran the Clayton Lake bridge and back, total 10 miles. Great views, flat and well maintained.

Best place to ride a bike. I love it

Rented bikes and rode from white top down to Damascus. Very beautiful trail and wonderful ride.

Love, love, love this trail. It's beautiful. A must do for everyone!

road biking
5 days ago

I’ve parked at both ends and loved the ride both ways. More like 10miles from Harbor Park to Hermitage. Once you get used to where the signs are they are easy to spot. Have to think like a walker and sometimes they are on the opposite side of the road. Lots of water views, beautiful flowers and trains and boats. Definitely helps to download the map first to get an idea of where you are going.

mountain biking
9 days ago

Nice *easy* gravel/sand trail on *pedal assisted bikes* as we are not fit & are getting back into biking (you must pedal but there are 3 levels of assistance while pedaling). Could be a bit muddy if its rained. It would be much nicer if they had trail maps at entrance points with milage charts showing how far it is from "here" to "there" Cell networks are unavailable for the majority of the trail. You need to know ahead of time how far your destination is & have a mileage counter & downloaded map. Did not find any shuttles in early August. It would be another bonus allowing you to ride/walk to a destination-have lunch & take yourself/ bikes back to your parking area.

Beautiful running path. Several outhouse bathrooms, picnic tables, and strong sturdy bridges. My dogs loved it! Nice wide gravel path with beautiful forest all around. A good way to get lots of miles without having to run in the city.

I’ve biked this beautiful trail many times, some going up from Damascus to White Top and back, but most just down after taking the shuttle up. When taking visitors to this region, most say it’s the highlight of their visit. Even on the hottest summer day, at altitude, you’ll encounter a comfortable shaded cooler trek down, so bring a windbreaker. Lots of photo opportunities on the rocky stream. Enjoy!!

This is a great trail to start your day on, looking for peace and quiet before "life" takes hold.

I run here all the time. It’s great in the summer when the sun is beaming down. I run with Triple-jogger so the path is big enough. The only issue is I have to cross the street (there’s a crosswalk at the light) in order to get the second part of the trail. It’s still a beautiful place to run.

hiking
1 month ago

The entire New River Trail stretches for a total of 57 miles. Foster Falls seems to be about mid point between Fries VA pronounced Freeze. The Northern stretch from Foster Falls to Dora Junction (Draper VA) is a 4% grade going up and from Foster Falls to Fries is a 4% uphill trek. My wife and I did the trail in two legs. Fries to Foster Falls 4% grade going down and the northern start of the trail at Dora Junction going down 4% all the way to Foster Falls. It is a beautiful trail to experience lined with breadth taking views of the New River, many old railroad trestle's to cross with a tunnel to go through as well. Foster Falls host a Welcome Center with State run facilities since it is a state park. Primitive camping is available at the Foster Falls Park site as well as designated primitive sites along the trail. The Mercantile in Draper VA has a livery shop where bikes can be rented if only a portion of the trail catches your interest. From Draper to Hiwassee where one of the most picturesque views of the New River can be seen on top of an old railroad trestle that crosses the river. If you are fortunate enough you just might see a trail angel that frequents the trail from time to time. The New River Trail is one of the greatest outdoor recreation activity you will find in the state of VA that offers hiking, biking or horse backing it.

We biked Damascus up to White Top. Took us about 3 hours. The last 3 miles kicked our butts but felt so good to get to the top. We started at mile marker 17 and ended at 33 I believe. The ride down to was a crazy!!!!! Fun but crazy. We were down in about 1 hour. The bridges and views are awesome. The next day we started at trail head in Abingdon and went to Damascus and back. Again the bridges and views were amazing. So in about 31 hours we did about 65 miles. This is an awesome experience. Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks. Not much along the way to get those essentials.

When I did Whitetopto Damascus I thought I was in biking heaven then I found the open glades and varied terrain of the leg from Abingdon to Damascus. Much more open and still follows rushing waters and trestles galore. Dont miss scenic trestle 7 and the long ride over trestle 12. Wide open spaces , Rock walled forest trails and dense forest trails to hide from the sun a perfect mix. If you're planning your stay investigate rooms along the trail maybe even bikepack it. Have fun don't miss this one.

Love this Trail. We started out from Whitetop and rode back up from Damascus, having to use horn at times as most people didn't expect any body coming up. The weather called for light rain but the natural forest canopy repelled the few showers and it cleared later in the day Took us about 4.5 hours total riding took and hour off for lunch in Damascus. Damascus may be the place to stay if you want rentals or only have time to ride one way as several vendors offer bike transport to the trail heads to let you ride downhill. Take tools, watch the ruts, and check equipment periodically for loose bolts and such. Had a blast. Must be beautiful in Fall

love this trail. plan a stop at Alvaro for some desserts!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Flat trail that’s well maintained for the first 4mi, but after that there are several trees down. Soon it’s going to be connected to other trails to be much longer than the ~16mi it currently is at. Very easy and relaxing ride, great for beginners or those who just want an easy stroll.

We walked from the 605 end four miles up and four miles back. It's a beautifully maintained flat trail where for the most part two people can walk side by side. There is a LOT of poison ivy, however, so wear long pants. We also went after weeks of heavy rains and there was a lot of standing water on the sides of the trail, so bug spray also recommended. A great trail if you're working up to harder ones, or you want to speed walk, or even want to stroll and chat. And despite being flat, we felt like we got quite a good workout after the 8 miles. Next time we'll enter from the 610 side venture in the other direction. (Friday in June - very quiet with no other hikers seen).

Rented a bike and rode 17 miles of the trail downhill to Damascus from White Top. Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Great family outing if you have younger kids. Scenic views along the river were amazing in places.

Love this trail, great for families with little ones

Great experience for families with elementary and middle school-aged kids.

Great trail for all skill levels.

Great trail to get in your daily jog! I ran along the trail for about three miles from Abingdon then turned around. Terrain was flat with gravel / hard pack soil that was a little damp from recent heavy rains. Views of farms, streams, and forest were nice. There were hardly any people on the trail when I was jogging around 9AM on a weekday.

3 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.

Loved it!! Was a little cold the day we went but will definitely do this again...when it’s warmer! Easy downhill ride from Whitetop to Damascus. Beautiful views along the river with many places to stop and take pictures.

mountain biking
4 months ago

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

road biking
6 months ago

First trail ride ever. Headed back there this weekend!

I agree with Benjamin. It took me two times to rigue out where it was.

It was so much fun!

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

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