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New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows
(4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
New River Trail State Park has been designated an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The park parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world's oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north

* Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long

* Three major bridges: Hiwasee - 951 feet; Ivanhoe - 670 feet; Fries Junction - 1,089 feet

* Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles

*A shot tower used more than 200 years ago to make ammunition
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  • This is the Rails to Trails that runs from Galax Va. to Pulaski Va. which runs for 56 miles. Fabulous for Bikers of all levels. Do small segments or go for the distance. Many enjoy starting in the tin...  more »
  • This is a most beautiful area to enjoy a day or more with camping sites too . My daughter and I go up to ride the horses . Very reasonable pricing.. We also take our bikes to enjoy the well kept bike ...  more »
  • Have wanted to ride this trail for years. It did not disappoint. Would rate this #2 just behind the Virginia Creeper Trail. Virginia fall foliage predictions for 2016 were off - probably will peak nea...  more »
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  • Great trail, especially for biking. Lots of small picnic tables and gazebos line the path, so you can sit for a spell and enjoy lunch during your excursion. Trail is gentle with minimal amount of steep slopes. Parking lots are not free, and generally require a small cash donation/payment.
  • Have walked and biked the New River trails for years! Primitive camping along the river, great for weekends, trees galore, tubing, kayaking, livery stable, gift shop! The setting is in the woods and just a great place! Soon, Hopefully by next year there will be an old Bed and breakfast opening beside the New River Trail Park . Use to be an orphanage and so nostalgic ( very historical.
  • I ride bikes here several times a year. You can go miles and never see another person. So quiet and peaceful.
  • This is absolutely our favorite place to bike. Having ridden all but the very northernmost part of the trail, I think the section from Foster Falls to Byllesby Dam is the most scenic, and I love riding through the two tunnels in this section. Crossing the trestles high above the water, riders can pull over and enjoy the views without blocking the path for others on the trail. Foster Falls also has a shop in the old train depot; visitors will find t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and snacks as well as other fun and useful items.
  • Have had lots of good experiences here over the years. Would love to give 4.5 or 5, but the trail could use an overhaul like adding small rills, as have some other rails-to-trails, which prevents repetitive motion injuries to knee experienced on this trail. Also, adding equestrian to hiking and biking seems dangerous, not to mention the extra ruts and bumps to the trail (which is notably smoother in areas where horses have no access). I have been on the receiving end of hostility on several occasions from this crowd, which doesn't mind the signage and on more than one occasion, in violation of posted regulations, has been observed parking their animals directly on the trail and also on more than one occasion has been observed inventing additional rules about how we must all tiptoe and pedal slow around their unmanageable creatures and not too worry if one should kick me "cause it would only happen once and then you'd be dead". That said, the park staff does offer short rides around the barnyard for kiddies at a reasonable price, host special seasonal events, rent out kayaks, canoes and camping, and the tree-shrouded trail along the cool New River is a welcome break from the summer heat.