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Hiking & Biking

Hiking trail at Claytor Lake State Park
Hiking trail at Claytor Lake State Park

Imagine hiking or cycling along a trail that used to be an old rail line. As it winds through the woods, it takes you through a nature’s paradise, where wildlife are your only partners. You find yourself feeling the gentle breezes blowing off a river that is as old as time, the New River. Your route is a 57 mile linear trail that borders the New River for 39 miles and is known as the New River Trail. It is a great path for all ages and accommodates hiking, biking and horseback riding. You can find primitive campground sites scattered along the way as well as great places to fish. There are access points to the trail at Allisonia, Chestnut Yard, Cliffview, Dannelly Park (near Galax), Draper, Dora Junction (near Pulaski), Foster Falls, Fries, Galax, Gambetta, Hiwassee and Ivanhoe.

There are plenty of other trails to explore of varying difficulty. Your outdoor adventure is waiting for you beginning with the world famous New River Trail, Claytor Lake State Park, Randolph Park, Gatewood Park, Draper Mountain, and Hoover Mountain Bike Trail.

What awaits you along these trails? You’ll see the Hoover Mountain Bike Trail where the mountains surround you with color. You’ll appreciate the forests around Claytor Lake as well as the views from Draper Mountain.

Pulaski County isn’t alone in beautiful trails. Our neighboring communities in the NRV have special sites as well: The Appalachian Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway; Cascades Waterfall; and The Jefferson National Forest. Each offers its own unique, beautiful scenery.