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New River Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A Rails to Trails route that follows the New River and crosses through four different counties.


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Map Key

51.9

Miles

83.5

KM

Point to Point

2,409' 734 m

High

1,862' 568 m

Low

2,089' 637 m

Up

2,511' 765 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The New River Trail is a hard packed gravel doubletrack that follows the old route of the North Carolina Branch of the Norfolk & Western Railroad from Galax to Pulaski.

Along the trail, you'll pass over several old railroad trusses and under two tunnels. There are several access points and restrooms along the trail. Be cautious as the trail is shared with other hikers, runners, cyclists, and horseback riders.

If you are interested in touring/backpacking, the state park offers four primitive campgrounds: Cliffview, Millrace, Baker Island and Double Shoals. For accurate information on each campground visit the Virginia State Parks website.

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Shared By:

J.D. McNoldy

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

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in Galax

#9782

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#1

in Galax

#241

in Virginia

#9,782

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Hiawassee bridge.
Sep 13, 2021 near Pulaski, VA
Hiawassee Bridge.
Sep 13, 2021 near Pulaski, VA

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Sep 13, 2021
Drew Sigmon
Hiawasse bridge section 3mi — 45h 00m
Oct 31, 2020
Susan Chen
Aug 9, 2020
Marie M
34mi
Aug 8, 2020
Justin Miller
Jul 6, 2017
Jacob Carpenter