Counties: Carroll, Grayson, Pulaski and Wythe
Cities: Galax and Pulaski
Towns: Allisonia, Austinville, Draper, Fries, Hiwasee, Ivanhoe
New River Trail State Park, designated an official National Recreation
Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior, parallels 39 miles of the
New River, the second oldest river in the world and one of the few flowing
This is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way.
There are several entrances into this park. The park meanders through
Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia
and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. This park
is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the
state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the
line and removed the tracks. This park also serves as a link to numerous
other outdoor recreational areas, including a town park in Fries, Mt.
Rogers National Recreational Area, four Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower Historical
State Park. New River Trail is just minutes from Claytor Lake
State Park and Grayson Highlands State Park. This unique park features
57 miles of continuous trail.
- Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long
- Three Major Bridges: Hiwasee - 951 feet;
Ivanhoe - 670 feet; Fries Junction - 1,089 feet
- Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles
- A shot tower
used more than 150 years ago to make ammunition
Horse trailers may be parked at the Allisonia,
Cliffview, Fries, Draper, Pulaski and Foster Falls entrances only.
- Galax - Parking is available where Route
58 crosses Chestnut Creek. Parking fee required.
- Cliffview - Take Route 58 to Galax; go
north on Route 887 to Cliffview Road (Route 721). The parking area is
on the left, across from Cliffview Mansion and Cliffview Trading Post.
Parking fee required.
- Gambetta and Chestnut Yard - Take Route
721 north past Cliffview to Route 607. Follow Route 607 to Chestnut
Yard or turn on Route 793 to go to Gambetta.
- Fries - From Route 94, go south to town.
Parking is available near the town park.
- Byllesby Dam - Go east on Route 602 off
Route 94. Park at the dam.
- Ivanhoe - Go east on Route 639 off Route
- Shot Tower
- From I-77, take Exit 24; go east on Route 69 to Route 52 and follow
signs to Shot Tower. Hikers only may access at Shot Tower. Parking fee
required. Bicyclists must use road access to the trail.
- Draper - From I-81, take Route 658 East
through Draper. Parking is available across from Bryson’s Store,
less than one mile from the interstate highway. Parking fee required.
- Pulaski/Xaloy - From I-81, take Route
99 West approximately two miles to Xaloy; turn onto Xaloy Drive to entrance.
Parking fee required.
- Foster Falls (New River Trail administrative
offices) - From I-77, take Exit 24, go east on Route 69 to Route 52,
go north to Route 608, go east and follow signs. Parking fee required.
- New River Trail can also be accessed at
Hiwasee, Allisonia, Austinville and Lone Ash, but there is no developed
parking area at these entrances
Cliffview Campground (Carroll County near Galax) is a trailside
campground with primitive tent camping only. It overlooks Chestnut Creek.
Access is from the Dannelly Fitness Complex parking lot and across a footbridge
(no direct vehicle access). Ten primitive campsites are available. Three
horse campsites are available with an enclosed area for the horses. There
are no covered stalls. Horse campers must park trailers at the Cliffview
Ranger Station, which is about one mile from the campground. Horses may
not cross the Dannelly complex footbridge. Note: This campground is 20
miles from the Millrace Campground.
All sites are timbered and marked. Each site has a fire ring, lantern
post, picnic table, access to the New River Trail and non-flush toilet.
Drinking water is available. One site, CV01, is handicapped accessible
and is reserved last if not required for a handicapped camper.
Reservations are required. Same day reservations are permitted. Campers
must leave their confirmation letter on their car's dashboard for overnight
parking. Campers will need access to a fax machine or will need to pick
up the letter at the Cliffview office if there is insufficient time to
receive the letter by mail.
Directions: Take State Route 58 to Galax. Go north on SR
887 to Cliffview Road (SR 721). Take SR 721 one-quarter of a mile and
turn right onto Creekview Road. Go one mile to the Dannelly Complex. Cliffview
Campground parking is on the right. Cross the footbridge into the campground.
Horse campers may not use the footbridge.
Number of sites of each type: TPRI, 10; HPRI, 3
TPRI (CV01-CV10): Site CV01 is ADA (handicapped accessible) and is the
last to be rented if not required by a handicapped guest.
HPRI (CVH01-CVH03): Horse sites - There is an enclosed area for the horses,
and this area is available at no charge.
Rentals available. Call Foster Falls Livery, (276) 699-2460, for rates
and reservations. Also, the park has bridle trails, and hitching posts
are available at Cliffview Campground for overnight guests. No stalls
or covered area for horses. Horse trailers for day-use access must be
parked at the Allisonia, Cliffview, Draper, Fries, Pulaski and Foster
Falls entrances only.
Time to Park from: Northern Virginia, six and a half hours;
Richmond, five hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, seven and a
half hours; Roanoke, one and a half hours
For More Information, Please Contact:
New River Trail State Park, 176 Orphanage Dr., Foster Falls, VA 24360,