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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  • This trail is a little too long for the two of us to ride all in one day. We had an outfitter drive us up to Foster Falls and began our ride back towards Fries. We rode to Galax on the trail spur, the...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • One of my favorite places in the world. The NRTSP is the perfect spot to spend the day or a week, if you want to. Baker's Island has 7 camp sites- 3-7 are small, with room for 1-2 tents each and 1 and 2 are large sites that accommodate numerous tents. All are relatively separate from each other save for 6 and 7 so if you rent 6 (the most convenient site to get to), I would just rent 7 too. The whole park, especially the island, is peaceful and the river below the falls can be waded most of the year when the river is at its normal level. Fishing in the falls, you can pull walleye and smallmouth bass as well as the occasional brim.
  • The most absolute beautiful and serene views of the New River. We rode bikes to shot tower and then did the Claytor Lakes side (not all the way, no where near!) But it was wonderful. Will definitely do it again
  • We had a wonderful hike through beautiful terrain. The bits of snow covered areas added to the charm!
  • Although we only made a short stop here we really liked the park. Everything was exceptionally clean and well maintained. There are restrooms, a nature center, a gift shop and amphitheatre. The park also has a horse livery, camping and boat ramps. There are several picnic tables - some are out in the open, some in shaded areas, and a couple alongside the New River. The views of the river are amazing. Didn't have a chance to do it this last time, but intend to return and do some kayaking. There is also access to the New River trail. The trail is open for biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
  • Very good for biking and makes a great hiking place. Lots of places to get on and off the trail and beautiful scenery and gorgeous bridges. Perfect place for families and people of all ages

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