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116 Orphanage Dr., Max Meadows, VA 24360; Phone: 276-699-6778; Email:

New River Trail is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The park parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties and the city of Galax. The trail's gentle slope makes it great for visitors of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback. The park's Foster Falls area offers canoe and bike rentals; boat launches; gift shops; and a horse arena. Fishing is popular, and primitive campsites are available in designated areas. The park's Hoover Mountain Biking Area is also popular with those seeking extra adventure. There are access points to the trail at Allisonia, Chestnut Yard, Cliffview, Dannelly Park (near Galax), Draper, Dora Junction (near Pulaski), Foster Falls, Fries, Galax, Gambetta, Hiwassee and Ivanhoe. Horse trailer parking is available at Allisonia, Austinville, Cliffview, Dora Junction, Draper, Fries, Ivanhoe and the Mark E. Hufeisen Horse Complex.

  • Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long

  • Three major bridges: Hiwassee - 951 feet; Ivanhoe - 670 feet; Fries Junction - 1,089 feet

  • Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles

  • A historic shot tower used more than 200 years ago to make ammunition

  • Potable water is available only at Galax, Cliffview Campground (Dannelly Park) and Foster Falls as well as at the horse trailer lots at Ivanhoe, Draper and Dora Junction.

  • Five non-flush toilets are available along the trail.


Trails and the day-use area are open daily from dawn to dusk. Call the park for livery and gift shop hours.


There are several entrances into this park. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties and Galax in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles.

Its address is 116 Orphanage Dr., Max Meadows, VA 24360. Foster Falls: Latitude, 36.530512. Longitude, -80.512931. Shot Tower: Latitude, 36.522000. Longitude, -80.522033. Cliffview: Latitude, 36.408613. Longitude, -80.550665.

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