New River Trail State Park Description
New River Trail State Park follows an abandoned rail bed, winding its way along the New River from Pulaski at the northern end to Galax at the southern end.
Along this 57 mile, gently sloping multi-use trail, you will find beautiful views of the New River. Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery from one of the
numerous picnic tables along the way.
If you cycle at New River Trail State Park, we recommend making Shot Tower State Park your starting point.
Located at about the midpoint of the trail, this park features the historic Jackson Ferry Shot Tower which was built in 1807 to make ammunition for firearms.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Shot Tower State Park also has a cozy campground located right next to the river.
Tubing and canoeing on the river are also popular activities at this location.