New River Trail State Park

3.80 out of 5
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↑ 3,600 ft
↓ 4,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Could you please send info. on bike rental...would need 9 bikes, two of them would need baby carriers if possible. Cost of rental? -Guest

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Reviews (10)


June 28, 2019
Review: 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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Granny Gear

August 27, 2015
Kenneth Granny Gear  
Review: 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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March 30, 2015
jaybird57 Doubletrack  
Review: Nice rail-trail with good views and easy rolling.

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May 27, 2014
mtberik Gnarly  
Review: Its a pretty good rail to trail

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Granny Gear

February 9, 2009
lucretiamo Granny Gear  
Review: Very easy and good for beginners. Can somewhat be crowded on weekends.

Similar Trail: Va. Creeper Trail

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Granny Gear

November 6, 2008
meteo99 Granny Gear  
Review: 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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June 11, 2008
aabiking Singletrack  
Review: 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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Granny Gear

April 1, 2005
Wyoming Granny Gear  
Review: 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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April 14, 2004
Review: Good breakdown of the trail as well as many pictures and maps of the trail are available at

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July 13, 2003
Review: Very easy. great fun for a family or just want to ride with some friends. Mostly flat except from pulaski up the first 3 miles. A place to work on your long ride building abilality. Good views of the river and fishing if you want. Lots of places to start from to make your trip a short or long ride.

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New River Trail State Park MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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