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Level: Easiest
Length: 51 mi (82.1 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,093/ -1,308 ft
Total: 55 riders

Mountain Biking New River Trail State Park

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#50 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,677 in the world

The New River Trail State Park is a very senic ride on an old abandon railroad bed. It is a smooth hard packed surface which is great for a leisure ride. The grade is only 1 to 2 percent and is slightly downhill ride if you start in Galax. The trail follows the senic Chestnut Creek and then the New River which is one of the oldest rivers in the world. There are 2 tunnels and a water fall and many bridge crossings over the river and creek. Great ride for the family anytime of the year and it is incredible in the fall with the fall colors.

For more info call 276-236-5900.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Exit 14 off of Interstate 77 on to Highway 58 to Galax. Go West on Highway 58 for 10 miles to Galax. You see the New River State Park Sign on your right which is just after crossing the Chestnut Creek Bridge and just before you get to Highway 89 and Main Street.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Galax, Virginia

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  • RidingPastor

    It is a gravel / dirt railroad bed but when wet very tough to ride on. you can feel it's sucking your power like you have a flat tire. Still very pretty

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  • RidingPastor

    Great trail with pretty viewsnot technical at all great for a gravel ride with my son.

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  • Frontier MTB

    I have rode the whole trail system in the past year well maintained rest stops along the trail some with covered picnic tables and restrooms mostly shaded in the summer

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  • Kenneth

    A great trail for the beginning biker. A slight grade as you make your way back to the Galax, VA trail head. Go early if privacy is desired!

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  • jaybird57

    Nice rail-trail with good views and easy rolling.

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  • mtberik

    Its a pretty good rail to trail

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  • lucretiamo

    Very easy and good for beginners. Can somewhat be crowded on weekends.

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  • meteo99

    I'm new to Mountain Biking, so until I start hitting real MTB trails, I'm just building my endurance on these rails-to-trails types, and this is one of the best. I was impressed by the number of stops (bathrooms, benches or stores) along the route. The tunnel is a nice surprise, and the little waterfall at Chestnut Creek is a definite stop. I traveled from Galax to Fries and back. Last half of my trip was in the dark without a light, its a safe trail, just barking dogs. The trip back to Galax is more uphill, which hurt since I was pretty tired on the way back trying to beat darkness. A better place to start would have been at the junction of I-77/I-81 near Shot Tower, there's a better waterfall there. Plan to pitch a tent in one of the camping areas so I can ride the whole trail over a couple of days.

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  • aabiking

    This trail starts in Galax, VA and ends in Pulaski, VA. It runs along an abandoned rail line and has very small grade changes but when riding for 50 miles it will seem like you are going up hill all the time. This is a very senic ride and great to take the family along. It has many different entry and exit location with restrooms and a few stores to stop and browse through. I have ridden from Galax to Foster Falls and back once and From Foster falls to Pulaski once. I plan to ride the entire 102 miles out and back this fall. I will need some but creme for that ride for sure.

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  • 4jmillers

    Great smooth trail for the beginner or the any rider looking to enjoy the view. Follows the New river. Its so level that it appears your going slightly up hill both ways.

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