This past weekend we decided to enjoy the nice weather by hiking on part of the New River Trail. The closest trail access, it's about an hour away in Galax. The Trail begins in Galax, and follows the New River all the way up to Pulaski. We have hiked different areas along the trail, but have never walked the whole thing. We typically drive up to the Shot Tower park and walk to Foster Falls, which is a really nice hike. We wanted to hike somewhere different though, and decided to start at Cliff view Campground/Dannelly Park and walk up to Chestnut Falls.
Before our hike we had a picnic at Donnelly park. The kids ran around the fitness trail, and then we headed across the bridge to the New River Trail.
This part of the trail doesn't follow the New River. This is Chestnut Creek, farther up the trail it will connect with the New River. It was a beautiful trail to follow. There were lots of folks on bicycles and on horseback along the trail.
The falls at Chestnut Creek are small, but beautiful. Unfortunately, this seems to be a hangout area, as there was just a ton of trash and litter here. So sad to see in such a beautiful area. We were able to walk around the edge of the creek, right up to the falls.
It was the perfect day for hiking and the leaves are just beginning to change. We are trying to get out and explore as much as we can before the long days of winter set in.
We are still living in the RV. There has been a lot of progress on the house, but it will still be a few weeks before we are in. i'm really trying to embrace the season. Getting out and walking the new river trail is a good way to appreciate it's beauty.