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Bicycling Along the Beautiful New River Trail State Park
This 57-mile rail trail
is Virginia's only linear state park. Endpoints are
Pulaski and Galax with a spur to Fries.
The surface is cinder and hard packed stone.
The trail parallels the New River from milepost 8 to
Fries Junction where the spur to Fries continues on
the River. The trail to Galax parallels Chestnut Creek.
Interesting sites along the way include the Shot Tower
State Historical Park, two tunnels, two bridges over
the New River and a small waterfall on Chestnut Creek.
Although we enjoy all the trail, we have two
favorite places to ride. One is from Allisonia
to Pulaski, which is a 22 mile round trip.
A store at Draper sells fresh made
sandwiches and hot dogs, along with other snacks
for people like me who want to skip the task of
packing a lunch for a day on the trail.
If you are looking for a great place to stay in
the Allisonia area, check out the cottage that was once a train depot at
Our other favorite ride is from Fries to
Galax and back; a round trip of about 35 miles. The ride from
Fries is mostly beside the river, and is beautiful.
From Fries Junction to Galax you follow Chestnut Creek, and
you'll ride by a beautiful waterfall.
There is a cabin available for rent in the Ivanhoe area.
It's between the trail and the river. Check it out at
There are two very nice campgrounds and picnic areas, new
in '98. One is near Cliff View, the other at Foster Falls.
The one at Foster Falls is right on the river. (Foster Falls
is near the Shot Tower State Historical Park.)
Also, a few camping sites have been added between Fries
and Fries Junction (summer of 2003). Improvements are being
made consistently to this trail.
Check out the
New River Trail website.
If you are looking for a great place to rent a mountain
cottage for a vacation in the Fries/Galax area,
try this website:
Another option for a vacation rental can be found at:
Southwest Virginia Cabin..
This is on the other end of the trail (from Fries/Galax) near
Pulaski and Claytor Lake with easy access to the trail.