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The New River Trail at Hiwassee Trestle (951 ft.) crossing Claytor Lake

Virginia's premiere "Rails to Trails" project is an impressive feat nearly as impressive as the route itself. The 57 mile trail follows the former path of the Norfolk Southern Railroad. It passes through the rolling green hills of the Virginia high country and follows the New River for 39 miles. Stretching from Pulaski, Va to Galax, Va, the gentle grade makes this a very easy hike. By using a map and good planning, you can plan a hike that includes camping as well as stays in Bed and Breakfast's. There are secluded sections and a sporadic supply of filterable drinking water, so planning is an integral part of a hike here.

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