New River Trail State Park is a charming, 1320-acre park that was initially formed when a local coal company went bankrupt and abandoned the land, after which it was reclaimed by the state. The park is great for hiking because it follows 57 miles of abandoned railroad through three different counties.
The views on these trails are incredible, providing glimpses of the scenic New River shoreline as well as the densely forested areas of the park. Two preserved railroad tunnels are part of this network as well, both well over 100 feet long and covered with decades of graffiti and decoration.
These trails are all rather easy to traverse, so guests won't have a hard time planning an excursion. If you'd like you to bring along your canine, just make sure you clean up any messes they might make. Boating is accessible here on New River, with boat ramps posted in Allisonia, Foster Falls, and Austinville.
These ramps are free to use, but guests are reminded that there are no refueling stations on this stretch of the river. New River Trail State Park provides canoe and kayak rentals for guests who don't possess their own watercraft, so make sure to call ahead if you're interested.
Guests aren't able to swim in New River Trail State Park, but they can enjoy getting out on an inner tube and floating down the river. Rentals are available through the Foster Falls Boat and Bike Livery throughout the warmer months. Sorry dog lovers, but dogs aren't allowed on the water unless in a boat. Equestrians will have a field day in New River Trail State Park with guided trail rides being offered seasonally via the Foster Falls horse Livery.
All hiking trails save for the two-mile Galax are open to horses throughout the year. Fishing is popular here, with New River containing just about every type of freshwater fish that exists in the state. Dogs can feel free to accompany their owners on fishing trips provided they stay leashed up throughout their stay, and owners take care of any messes they might leave behind.