New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows

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#12 of 32 in Trails in Virginia
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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  • Go north to south. Last part of trail from New river to Pulaski is a long uphill slog for south to north riders at the end of a long ride. Also, trail cut off to downtown Pulaski train station takes y...  more »
  • I was expecting more water falls as it just looked like some rapids. The park itself was great. There were horses, canoe's, fishing and biking. The receipt for the $5 parking pass had a 10% off coupon...  more »
  • In the six days we have been in Fries I have ridden 87 miles. If you ride downstream the riding is easy and even upstream it not that hard. It is very scenic with the wide, shallow New River within vi...  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!

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