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Bike Trails VA. New River Trail

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Last updated 04/07/2014

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My wife, brother and I are bicycle enthusiasts who enjoy riding the ever increasing number of rail / canal trails mostly in the Northeastern US. We also do volunteer work for NOAA by recovering US Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmarks. We often combine these hobbies while trail riding.

Unlike geocaching, benchmark hunting serves a valuable purpose by providing NOAA with updates on the condition of their 700,000+ benchmarks across the Unites States. Information on Benchmarks is available here:

We have been riding these trails for over 10 years now and I decided to share some of the .GPX files I’ve created.

Of the hundreds of trails available in this part of the country, I selected these for their quality, scenic beauty, lack of excessive grades or hazardous terrain and overall riding or hiking enjoyment. The files were compiled using a variety of resources including:


Garmin’s Mapsource & Basecamp software

USCGS Topographic GPS Map Files. Available Legally at no cost for many States here:

Google Earth & Google Maps

Garmin’s Birds Eye Imagery

Personal Knowledge

Various Internet & Print resources including:

Trail Link’s New River webpage:

Virginia DCNR New River Trail State Park website:

Virginia Trail Guide website:

Virginia Outdoors website:

This file is the New River Trail in Southwestern Virginia. The smooth well maintained packed gravel trail traverses 57 miles, mostly along the New River, between Pulaski and Galax. The popular trail is best known for its scenic beauty and numerous high trestles. The Austinville and Fries tunnels, although short, 135’ and 193’ respectively, are unlighted and flashlights are recommended. A “must see” along the trail is the historic Shot Tower used to make ammunition during the revolutionary war. Biker / hiker shuttle service is available at Foster Falls Canoe Livery. Contact the park office at (276) 699-6778 or email at: for more information.

These .GPX files include tracks for trails, waypoints for significant features along trails, parking areas, rest room facilities, bicycle shops along or adjacent to trails, campgrounds and USCGS Benchmarks along or near trails. All waypoints include elevation data for use in plotting trail slope and planning outings.

Anyone interested in Benchmark hunting can obtain detailed data sheets for each mark by going here: The PID is the waypoint name symbolized by the color coded cube icons. Green= Recovered within the last 10 years. Blue= No recent recovery but set in a massive structure which still exists. Red= Likely missing or reported destroyed.

Free, legal, 24K and 100K topo map downloads for the states with these trails are available here: Segments of these maps covering the above trails can be loaded into many older handheld GPS receivers with limited memory by using Garmin’s Mapinstall program available here:

I’ll post more trail files as I update and clean them up.
I always enjoy conversing with fellow bike trail enthusiasts so please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, inclusions or revisions. – Enjoy!

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