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New River Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.1 (12)

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


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51.9

Miles

83.5

KM

Doubletrack

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

E-Bikes Unknown

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 hikers and horseback riders.

If you are interested in touring/bikepacking, 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

  4.1 from 12 votes

#1

in Galax

#6138

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  4.1 from 12 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Galax

#157

in Virginia

#6,138

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Photos

Bikepacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains | New River Trail
Nov 25, 2020 near Woodlawn, VA
Tunnel on New River Trail
Jun 3, 2019 near Galax, VA
Crossing the Hiwassee Trestle across the New River.
May 30, 2017 near Pulaski, VA
Heading to the Hiwassee Trestle
Nov 4, 2019 near Pulaski, VA
Stopping in Allisonia at the Whistle Stop Inn
Nov 4, 2019 near Pulaski, VA

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Mar 4, 2021
Brandon Parker
19mi
Feb 22, 2021
Brandon Parker
4mi
Nov 26, 2020
Brandon Parker
35mi — 3h 36m
Sep 22, 2020
Joey Atkins
Nov 16, 2019
Riding Pastor
the wet trail sucked any power. rough ride but got it done. 65.5mi — 4h 56m
May 26, 2019
Sean Wiggins
Bikepacked 143 miles. Pulaski to Damascus
Oct 8, 2018
Owen Mundy
59mi
Jul 8, 2018
Deana Kelley
13mi