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New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 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 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 ...  read 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...  read more »
  • While roaming around with a friend of mine, we happened on New River Trail State Park and took a look around. There was not much activity or any campers there, but a walk by the river was beautiful. T...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We've been coming here to camp for over 10 yrs, it's the best public/camping place, on new river, (that I know of) it's within walking distance to the river from your campsite, they also started doing smores & movie night, which is great for everyone, but stay outta the weeds & trees they have poison oak/ivy on them, the water falls also has a sink hole in one spot, so don't put your feet where you can't see walking across the water falls, I say these things so you can be aware of them,( and not experence them as we have), we are planning on going back labor day weekend & yrs to come, the fun & camping was great, there were 20 of us in group camping & we loved it
  • I went kayaking for the 1st time! Ther is so much to do there, we loved it!!! Camping, fishing, kayaking, horse back riding and playing in the waterfalls! Very reasonably priced!!! Very relaxing weekend! Highly recommend it! !! 😎🐟🐡🎣🐎🏊
  • Nice spot for canoeing, kayaking, horsing, biking, walking, running, dog walking, birding, picnicking, swimming, etc. Full service stable and canoe livery with shuttle service. River is fun easy whitewater class I/II- rapids. Good section for tubing.
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