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New River Trail State Park in southwest Virginia features 57 miles of trail on abandoned railroad right of way through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties. The trail parallels the scenic and geologically unique New River for 39 miles and links numerous other attractions, including Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area and Shot Tower Historical State Park. The route crosses more than 30 trestles and bridges of the abandoned railway and includes two tunnels.
From the Hiwassee trestle south of Pulaski, the trail begins a steady climb southwest to Fries Junction, then forks to provide access to the towns of Fries and Galax. Numerous access points provide entry to the trail, which is the centerpiece of this 765-acre park that averages only 80 feet wide. There are campgrounds and facilities for a variety of visitors, including hikers, cyclists, equestrians, boaters and paddlers.
The truly adventurous might want to try the annual New River Trail Challenge, a triathlon with mountain bike, canoe and running segments-not for the faint of heart!
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