New River Trail State Park Horseback Riding

The 20th most popular equestrian trail in Virginia.

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The New River Trail stretches 57 miles for horseback riding from Galax to Pulaski along the namesake river. 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, the Dannelly Fitness Complex in Galax, four Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower Historical State Park. New River Trail is minutes from Claytor Lake State Park.


(Northern trailhead)

Pulaski/Xaloy - From I-81, take Route 99 West approximately two miles to Xaloy; turn onto Xaloy Drive to entrance. Parking fee required.

(Southern trailhead)

Galax - Parking is available where Route 58 crosses Chestnut Creek. Parking fee required.

Overall, New River Trail State Park is the 20th most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.

New River Trail State Park Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  New River Trail State Park (276) 699-6778; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  JNF Sunrise Cabin (276) 783-5196

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.0453, -80.7492

Date Published:  3/16/2016

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  20095

New River Trail State Park Horseback Riding Map


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