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River Trail State Park is 57 miles long and occupies an abandoned
railroad line. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe
and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the
scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. New River is the second
oldest river in the world and one of the few flowing north.
The gentle slope of the trail makes it great for
visitors of all ages to hike, bike, and ride horses. The trail
is mostly wooded for its entire length and serves as a link to
a number of other recreational areas. The New River is a canoe
trail that is ideal for inexperienced paddlers. It is shallow
with waters that are largely gentle with a few mild rapids. Portions
of the park include bike, horse, and boat rentals.
There are two official campgrounds for the park.
Reservations are required for both: Cliffview
Trading Post (Near Galax) and Millrace
Campground (Foster Falls).
Access points to New River Trail at Ivanhoe, Fries,
Galax, Cliffview, Draper, Pulaski, and Foster Falls. Information
and parking at Shot Tower Historical State Park; at the Fries
visitors center; and at the Cliffview visitors center, near Galax.
Map and Driving Directions
For more information regarding New River Trail State
Park visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/new.shtml.