New River Trail State Park
176 Orphanage Dr.
Foster Falls, VA, 24360
New River Trail State Park is a state park located
in southern Virginia. It parallels 39 miles of the New River along an
old railroad right-of-way, and is a designated National Recreation
The trail itself is a rail trail that was created
out of 57 miles of abandoned railroad formerly owned by the Norfolk
Southern Railway. Norfolk Southern donated the land to the
Commonwealth of Virginia in 1986 for purposes of creating a state
park. Volunteers began making improvements and the park made its grand
opening in May 1987, with 4 miles of trail open for use. Since then,
57 miles have been made open for public recreational use.
The trail is commonly used for walking, jogging,
hiking, cycling, camping, and horseback riding. Those who use the
trail can expect to view scenic vistas from old railroad bridges and
to pass through old railroad tunnels.
The trail's northeastern end is in Pulaski,
Virginia. The southwestern part ends in a fork: the northern prong
ends in Fries, Virginia, and the southern prong ends in Galax,
The park headquarters is located in the former Foster
Falls Hotel and included in the Foster Falls Historic District.