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New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows

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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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  • The ride from Austinville to Galax is beautiful and the trail goes through several different types of landscapes (woods, river, pastures, bridges). It's slightly uphill in that direction so there is n...  more »
  • We reserve the picnic area for family get togethers and it is a wonderful location. The playground is nice and there is lots of room for the kids to run and play within eye sight of the adults. Very c...  more »
  • Have visited the park often. It is good for camping, fishing, walking, horse riding, and kayaking. Their is no electricity or showers in the camp area and the swim area is ok but not great. Still the ...  more »
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  • Started in Draper at the mercantile and bike shop and went little past Allisonia. Trail was in nice condition except for a few bumpy places. Lots of shade from trees helped us stay cool. Some trestle bridges need some planks replaced but otherwise were scenic. Very pretty countryside. Look forward to checking out other stretches of the trail
  • Beautiful trails and facilities. Lots of people go for the horse riding opportunities, but it is just as enjoyable to go for walking and biking. While the trail itself offers a lot, the towns that surround that trails (Ivanhoe, Austinville, etc.) really have nothing in them as far as stores for supplies and things so be aware of that if you're going through certain sections of the trail.
  • Our mini fridge did not work properly. The rooms state that you have ocean view but all you see is the sky and the tops of buildings. Other than that it was close to the beach and you had about 4 mile walk to different restaurants.
  • This walking trail runs for about 23 miles and through various towns. Plus, it used to be a railroad so the trail is smooth, flat, and handicap accessible.
  • Great family camping experience. Virginia takes great care of their parks and it shows!