New River Trail State Park – Galax

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 2300 ft.

This site marks the beginning of the New River Trail. The entire trail runs along the New River for 57 miles to Pulaski. For a large part of this journey, the trail follows the disused Norfolk & Western railroad bed, making it an ideal trail for walking, bicycling or horseback riding. The trail cuts through rolling pastures and hardwood forest clusters, crossing numerous old trestles en route. The portion of the trail in Galax follows Chestnut Creek to the New River. In this area the habitat is primarily open, composed of regenerating fields ranging from planted corn to scrubby woodland. Signs of the area’s history abound in the numerous long-standing buildings and fences popping out of the weeds almost everywhere you look. In this setting many open country bird species flourish. The habitat along the trail is also visited by a variety of warblers and raptors during spring and fall migration.

Directions

From Hillsville, take Exit #14 off of I-77 onto US 58/US 221. Follow US 58/US 221 for 10.2 miles into the City of Galax. Parking for New River Trail State Park is on the left next to the red caboose.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 276-699-6778 NewRiverTrail@dcr.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Fee, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at New River Trail State Park – Galax (as reported to eBird)

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms