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New River Trail State Park

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176 Orphanage Dr.New River Trail State Park
Foster Falls, VA, 24360
Phone: 276-699-6778

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 Trail.

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, Virginia.
The park headquarters is located in the former Foster Falls Hotel and included in the Foster Falls Historic District.

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