New River Trail State Park

It was a beautiful day yesterday in the Blue Ridge! Low seventies, mostly sunny, lots of shade along the trail, and not many people two days before the holiday weekend. The New River Trail State Park is a 57 mile stretch in southwestern Virginia that is one of the rails-to-trails conversions. It meanders alongside the New River, which is already a good sized river at this point, even though it is not too far from its origin in North Carolina. There are many points of access to the trail. We hopped on at Foster’s Falls, which is only about an hour and 15 minutes from our house. I assume this is a rail car from the old line that once travelled this trail.

Here’s Gail on the trail, with the river on the right.

And yours truly…

The trail is shared by bikes, hikers, and horses!

There are many places where you can rent bikes (though we brought our own, of course), horses, or things for having fun on the water.

It really was a great ride! On our way out, we took this shot of the area we had just ridden. You can see I-77 where it bridges over the New River. You can see the beautiful countryside, and an arm of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. We’ll be coming back to bike the other segments of the trail, for sure!