NEW RIVER TRAIL STATE PARK, VA

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Named a Millennium Legacy Trail by the White House, New River Trail State Park parallels 39 miles of the New River, the second oldest river in the world and one of the few flowing north. New River Trail is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned railroad right- of-way. The park...

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Description

Named a Millennium Legacy Trail by the White House, New River Trail State Park parallels 39 miles of the New River, the second oldest river in the world and one of the few flowing north. New River Trail is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned railroad right- of-way. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia. This park is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the line and removed the tracks. This park also serves as a link to numerous other outdoor recreational areas, including a town park in Fries, Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area, four Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower Historical State Park. New River Trail is just minutes from Claytor Lake State Park and Grayson Highlands State Park. This unique park features 57 miles of continuous trail. A link to the Virginia Creeper Trail has been recently opened. The multi-use trail is a favorite for hiking, biking and horseback riding and features: 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.

Size: 765 acres. Width averages 80 feet; length from Galax to Pulaski, 51.5 miles; Fries Branch, 5.5 miles; the total length is 57 miles.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Rental
  • Camping - Primitive, Hike-in
  • Car Top Launch
  • Comfort Station
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Fishing, Freshwater
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Camping - Primitive, Ride-in
  • Horse Rentals Guided
  • Information Center
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Ranger Station
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Restrooms
  • Snack Bar
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails - Bridle
  • Trails - Hiking
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails-Universally Accessible
Alerts and Important Information

There is a per night per pet fee for cats and dogs in all cabins and lodges (pets are not allowed in the Kiptopeke yurt). Customers making reservations via the web are responsible for visiting the park office to pay all applicable pet fees. Customers may also call the reservation center at 800-933-7275 to pay the pet fees in advance.

Notice for Campers:

LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

One of the most important things we can do to protect Virginia's trees and forest diversity is stop moving firewood. New infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks. Why? Because people have accidently spread invasive species when they brought firewood along with them. In Virginia, there are numerous counties under quarantines, issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, due to an invasive insect pest or disease. These quarantines restrict the movement of firewood or wood by products from certain tree species. Moving firewood in violation of a quarantine is a class 1 misdemeanor and upon conviction, you could be subject to; confinement in jail for up to twelve months and a fine of $2,500.00 or both. For more information on areas under quarantine, go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/062212eabexpand.shtml

PLAY IT SAFE - LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

NEW RIVER TRAIL STATE PARK
176 ORPHANAGE DR
FOSTER FALLS  VA  24360

Phone Number:

Information:  (276)699-6778