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.

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

easy trail to walk. I start from the Abingdon side and walk until I'm getting tired and turn around. nice wide path for walkers and bicyclists.

Definitely not well marked. Road construction adds to the confusion. Very pretty ride.

This is a great biking/walking jogging trial. Take a trolly to the top of the mountain and ejoy the views as you cruise 17 miles downhill. Great stopping point at the middle grab a bite to eat and a break then back to finish the other half light incline but nothing too bad. The trail is mainly gravel or pressed dirt can be dusty and a bit rocky at times but a great ride.

?? Most of these pictures are not the unfinished rail road. Also the unfinished railroad is not this long. Looks like a nice out and back but not the unfinished rail road trail, its apart of the deep cut, first manassas trail, unfinished rail road, and a few others.

Biked this trail several years ago in the fall and intend to go back! Beautiful and you pass through many old train tressels along the way.

Love this trail! I have biked it 4 times and will do it again.

This bike ride is awesome. Rent a bike and catch a ride to the top and just coast off the mountain on this beautiful trail. Stop at the little old train depot, too. the ladies working in there are very informative and super nice!

The views include woods, rock outcroppings, and farm land. Love all of the trestles. Easy, fun ride.

road biking
6 months ago

Not so obvious to follow, as it is a mix of paved trail, sidewalks, and roads. Recommend downloading the map from the city of norfolk's website beforehand. Once you figure out where to go, it is a fantastic ride!

road biking
6 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.

Amazing views. We rented a bicycle and we were dropped off at the top end of the trail. All you had to do was just sit on the bike and the slope does the rest. There is a nice little restaurant as well on you way. To me the best part of the experience was the amazing views.

Whitetop to Damascus is easy and beautiful. Bring bike tools just in case, I learned the hard way : )

mountain biking
7 months ago

Best Trail - anyone can do it. This first 11 miles or so are all down hill!! (pretty much just coasting!) and then flater land. This is an awesome adventure - totally worth it!!

mountain biking
8 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
8 months ago

This is a Rail to Trail that is great nice views of the river most of the way. lots of parking areas along the trail not many shuttle options the one i found was very accommodating ( New River Rentals ) in Fries. We rode it in 2 days 1 day Galax to Fries to Foster Falls 39.6 miles day 2 Foster Falls to Pulaski 22.2 miles. not very crowed, shaded most of the way.

mountain biking
8 months ago

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

Did the shuttle to Whitetop and rode downhill back to Damascus. Thought I would lose my teeth it was so bumpy. Fast too. Definitely more brakes than pedaling. Couple days later did Damascus to Abingdon and enjoyed that section much more. Required more work of course but it was a great ride. More varied and actually could look around at the scenery without worrying about bouncing off my bike at full speed.

Nice easy kid friendly trail going from White Top to Damascus.

Super fun trail close to the water! Didn't do much peddling mostly cruising.

Paved flat path with great tree coverage.

Awesome!! Hope to ride again!!

To bike this trail in the fall is pure magic. There is no other way to describe it. A gentle coasting ride through a forest of amazing fall foliage while crossing surreal old bridges and streams.

Whether you are hiking, running, or biking, this trail offers serenity.

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