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New River rail trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Old railway bed follows the New River gorge. Trail has some sections faster than others but all sections have fantastic scenery, old train station, ghost town, rail tunnel and mostly flat.
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Latitude
36.88099370889478
Longitude
-80.8590316772461
Trail Directions
Exit 24 (?) off I-77, Poplar Camp exit. Head to the Shot Tower Historical State Park. This is a quiet place to access the old railbed turned mutli use trail. It's the halfway point on the fifty plus miles of trail between Galax and Pulaski.
Trail Length
53 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Poplar Camp
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jsmith75 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My brother and I rode this trail in July of 04'. It is very well maintained, portable toilets are maintained frequently and maps and brochures are stocked at all rest areas along the way. There are only 2 places I know of that you can get water close to the trail. They have potable water tanks at the camp ground at Poplar Camp and at the Cliffs campground in Galax. There is also a country store near Ivanhoe where you can resupply and another store at the Draper trailhead that has a really good rainbow sherbert cone. Nevertheless bring plenty of water and snacks. We camped at the Cliff's campsite near Galax. Splitting the trip into two days seems to work out well.

Recommended Route:
The Pulaski to Galax route is mostly on an incline. You will make better time going the opposite way. Difficulty depends on distance traveled.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
My brother recommends visiting Brush Mountain. It is also listed here.



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Review Date
May 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jim Harrison , from Newton, NC

Summary:
This is a virtually level 57 mile trail (if you count the spur to Fries {pronounced 'Freeze'}). This is a spinners paradise this is a no coaster trail. You have to turn the cranks for every inch of ground you cover. This is not a bad thing though, it is a great place to ride to get into shape. It is easy to do a 30 or 40 mile out and back from any of the access points on the trail. Be forewarned, there are little or no ammenities on most of the trail. Galax, Pulaski, and Fries are the only real towns you will encounter and each of these are at a trail termnius. There are several rest areas and privies along the way but anything else you may need you should plan to take it with you. Bring a CamelBak with at least a 70 oz. capacity if your plan a long ride. In the summer riding along this river edge can be quite steamy and hydration is a must. If done properly this is one of the best trails for riding I've found. Try it, You'll like it!!!

Recommended Route:
Get a map, there are numerous access points along the trail and you can do a differnt section each time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You've gotta' do the Creeper in Damascus.



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Review Date
August 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Stanleytown, Va. USA

Summary:
Smooth easy trail for anyone. I've seen all kinds of
wild life on this trail. In the winter time it is so
beautiful and peaceful.

Recommended Route:
Go to Pulaski va turn at the Xaloy plant entrance and
take right, you are there.



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Review Date
April 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: D Kirby , from Charleston, WV

Summary:
It's very easy and flat, well maintained. Great views of the valley and river. There are some interesting sights along the way, like an abandoned quarry, a couple of hydro-electric plants that were built in the early part of the 1900s. There are several bridges, a couple are pretty high, creating good views of the riverbed below. It's a nice, easy trail to take the kids, pack a lunch and make a day of it.

Recommended Route:
I rode up river (south) along the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Virginia Creeper Trail off White Top Mountain



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