New River Tail System
Southwestern Virginia‘s New River Trail follows the 57-mile abandoned railroad bed form Pulaski to Galax with a branch trail that leads to the town of Fries. For nearly 40 miles, this rail trail parallels the banks of the New River. Along the trail, cyclists will cross more than 30 bridges and trestles and cycle through tunnels nearly 200 feet long. Scenery unique to Southwest Virginia is visible along the way.
This ride’s general location is 20 miles north of Blacksburg. Scenery includes Mountain Lake, a grand resort overlooking one of Virginia’s two natural lakes. You can drive right to the door and go mountain biking on the resort’s system of 1.5-2.5-mile trails on its own 2,600 wooded acres. While some of these trails have some short, steep sections, there’s nothing here that even novices can’t easily walk their bikes past. The best thing to do is go out with a map and explore the trail. Be sure to stick to the designated bike trails.
Poverty Creek Trail
This ride’s general location is 3 miles northwest of Blacksburg off US 460. Scenery includes great views from the top of Brush Mountain. Few places can boast of high-quality, diverse mountain biking and proximity to a major university town, but that’s what you get in Poverty Creek. Novice bikers will enjoy the trail’s relatively flat nature, but enough rises and falls are thrown in to make it interesting for more adventurous riders.
If you are more into road riding we have plenty of that too. Bradshaw Loop and Catawba Loop are exciting road rides in the local area but the possibilities are endless. For more information and cue sheets on road rides click here.
The NRV is also host to a number of bike races and other biking related events throughout the year Rowdy Dawg, New River Valley Omnium, Bike Virginia, Mountains of Misery and the Wilderness Road Ride to name a few. Regardless of your choice of bikes, trails, or your expertise level, the NRV has something for everyone.