Salem, VA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

7.79 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Greenbrier River Trail

77 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Jackson River Scenic Trail

14.3 mi
State: VA
Gravel

James River Heritage Trail

10.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

Mill Mountain Greenway

3.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

New River Trail State Park

57.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Riverway Trail (Radford)

3.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Roanoke River Greenway

13.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Tinker Creek Greenway

1.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Wolf Creek Greenway

2.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel

Chessie Nature Trail

7.13 mi
State: VA
Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel

Craig County Greenway Trail

0.95 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Garden City Greenway

2.03 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

1.7 mi
State: VA
Gravel

Huckleberry Trail

15.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Lick Run Greenway

4.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Potts Valley Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Grass

Uptown Spur Trail

0.7 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

James River Foot Bridge

0.12 mi
State: VA
Boardwalk
Accordion

Mason Creek Greenway

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mayo River Rail Trail

1.8 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

0.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Murray Run Greenway

1.9 mi
State: VA
Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail runs for 4.5 miles on a former Danville & Western Railroad corridor, which was acquired by Southern Railway in 1920 and ultimately abandoned by its successor,...
VA 7.79 mi Asphalt
Overview    The Greenbrier River Trail weaves a path of 77 miles through lush forest and rural small towns of West Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands, along the longest undammed river in the eastern...
WV 77 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage, and delicate flowers in the spring: These are the sights that put the scenic in Jackson River Scenic Trail. This serene...
VA 14.3 mi Gravel
The James River Heritage Trail is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest and the heart of historical, industrial downtown Lynchburg. The well-marked 10-mile trail is...
VA 10.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips
The Mill Mountain Greenway provides residents and visitors to Roanoke with a nice connection from the city's downtown to Mill Mountain Park. Within the park, you can explore numerous hiking trails,...
VA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview Southwest Virginia’s New River Trail is one of America’s premier rail-trails; the U.S. Department of the Interior even designated it an official National Recreation Trail in 2002. The...
VA 57.5 mi Crushed Stone
The 3.5-mile Riverway Trail provides a non-motorized pathway to the best of what Radford has to offer. A good place to begin is Bisset Park, though you can really start anywhere thanks to the multiple...
VA 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Roanoke River Greenway will one day span 25 miles between Roanoke and Salem along its namesake waterway. Currently, much of the paved pathway is already in place and runs through a wide variety of...
VA 13.6 mi Asphalt
The Tinker Creek Greenway winds through Roanoke's east end from Fallon Park to just over a mile southeast. Along your journey, you'll be closely paralleling the pleasantly wooded Tinker...
VA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Wolf Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway for two miles through Vinton on the outskirts of Roanoke in western Virginia. Its surface is mostly cinder and gravel with a few short asphalt...
VA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
Overview The Chessie Nature Trail travels for just over 7 miles through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this...
VA 7.13 mi Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel
The Greenway Trail is a one-mile path of finely crushed limestone that is located just outside of New Castle. The trail runs mostly on Craigs Creek Road (VA-615), but starts at a kiosk mimicing a...
VA 0.95 mi Crushed Stone
Garden City Greenway is a 2 mile, asphalt trail that follows Garnand Branch Creek and follows near Garden City Boulevard from the Roanoke River Greenway near Mount Pleasant Road to Yellow Mountain...
VA 2.03 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Opened in 1999, the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail in Salem (just outside of Roanoke) is associated with Southern Virginia's impressive Civil War history. The northern trailhead at Hanging Rock was...
VA 1.7 mi Gravel
Overview The Huckleberry Trail winds through a mix of urban, agricultural, forested, and wetland landscapes. In addition to the 8.2-mile main trail spine, between Blacksburg and Christiansburg was...
VA 15.2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Lick Run Greenway begins in downtown Roanoke and heads north just over 4 miles to end between Huff Lane Park and Valley View Mall. Along the way, the paved pathway traverses two parks: Washington Park...
VA 4.2 mi Asphalt
Nestled in a remote mountain valley deep in the Appalachians, the Potts Valley Rail Trail skirts a wilderness area and farmland as it rolls through forests for 4.5 miles in the southern part of the...
WV 4.5 mi Dirt, Grass
The Lewisburg and Ronceverte Trail (commonly known as the L&R Trail) will one day connect these two historic towns set amid the Allegheny Mountains of southern West Virginia. The beautiful natural...
WV 0.4 mi Asphalt
Martinsville's Uptown Spur Trail, as its name implies, runs along an abandoned railroad spur line. Like the trains before its conversion, the paved trail branches off from the former main line—now the...
VA 0.7 mi Asphalt
The James River Foot Bridge carries the Appalachian Trail over the James River in Snowden, Virginia, approximately 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg. The bridge was built on the piers of a demolished...
VA 0.12 mi Boardwalk
Accordion
The Mason Creek Greenway Trail follows its namesake creek closely, stretching for over a mile. The trail starts on Roanoke Boulevard and heads north, sliding between an office complex and a mobile...
VA 1.2 mi Asphalt
Following a former corridor of the Danville and Western Railway through downtown Stuart, the Mayo River Rail Trail is a paved multi-use path that runs along the Mayo River. Nicknamed "Dick and Willie"...
VA 1.8 mi Asphalt
The trail is known as the Mud Lick Creek Greenway trail since it follows the route of the nearby waterway. Alternatively, some folks refer to it as the Garst Mill Park Greenway, after the park whose...
VA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Murray Run Greenway winds through a section of the City of Roanoke. The greenway trail is multipurpose, with a varying surface of cinder, woodchips and concrete sidewalk. The width of the trail...
VA 1.9 mi Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips

Recent Trail Reviews

New River Trail State Park

virginia’s best rail trail

July, 2024 by gibsontw

NRT is my heart trail, have been on many others in va but this is my favorite and most scenic!!!

Mill Mountain Greenway

e bike

July, 2024 by gibsontw

Mill mt is a great e bike trail due to big climb, I like to come back down the road due to downhill speed and roughness of the old paved road that makes the trail surface, makes a nice loop and can be extended out to the parkway and around the roanoke mt loop that is closed to vehicle traffice which has beautiful overlooks.

Garden City Greenway

Decent Trail

June, 2024 by trikeyeah

While this trail largely follows Garden City Blvd SE, there are some spots on it that are scenic and away from traffic. It mostly consists of a steady climb to the end of the trail, but the first three quarters of a mile is relatively flat with one climb at the quarter mile marker. The trail is plenty wide enough for passing and is paved in its entirety. There is a small park on the trail and park just off of the trail behind the elementary school. Because it is an off shoot from Roanoke River Greenway traffic is lighter than the main greenway. There is shade on about half of the trail. The biggest concern is on Wednesday’s it’s garbage day so there is usually garbage cans and other refuse waiting to be collected.

Accordion

New River Trail State Park

Rough surface for trike riders but very rewarding

June, 2024 by lprosner

The surface of the New River Trail should not be described as “crushed stone.” This is factually incorrect. I rode the entire trail from end-to-end and back again over three days in mid-June 2024. The first 20 or so miles from Dora Junction (Pulaski) toward Lone Ash consist mostly of a wide grassy median with a narrow dirt track on either side. This is fine for bicycles in dry weather but those of us who ride recumbent tricycles are forced to ride with at least one wheel on the grass, which makes for a tortuous slow and bumpy ride. Some sections are indeed smooth crushed stone, such as the 5.5 mile spur from Fries Junction to the town of Fries which is the best maintained section of the trail, perhaps because Fries attracts tourists and more cyclists than other parts of the trail. The first part of the 12 miles from Fries Junction up to Galax is very rough and rocky but the trail improves toward the end. Nonetheless most of this section would best be described as coarse gravel, not crushed stone, and the gravel is quite soft in places. Parts of the trail from Foster Falls to Ivanhoe and from Ivanhoe to Fries Junction also have a grass median, but other parts are gravel or crushed stone. The surface for the first few miles on either side of Foster Falls is well maintained but deteriorates the further one rides away from the park headquarters. Cyclists would benefit from a more accurate description of trail surface conditions.

Huckleberry Trail

We have been on a lot of rail trails, scenic yes... but not for the average rider...

May, 2024 by galeljames

We have been on a lot of rail trails, scenic yes... but not for the average rider...

Roanoke River Greenway

We rode this a 2nd time and it is so nice. Love the artwork. You ride right by Black Dog Salvage. Mostly level, not crowded. You can see the STAR from trail.

May, 2024 by galeljames

We rode this a 2nd time and it is so nice. Love the artwork. You ride right by Black Dog Salvage. Mostly level, not crowded. You can see the STAR from trail.

New River Trail State Park

I have biked and hiked this entire trail. Very scenic and much to see. Can be busy during the weekends.

November, 2023 by wayne.walkjr

I have biked and hiked this entire trail. Very scenic and much to see. Can be busy during the weekends.

Greenbrier River Trail

Hiked this trail in three days. Very scenic and peaceful. A lot of history to take in and enjoy.

November, 2023 by wayne.walkjr

Hiked this trail in three days. Very scenic and peaceful. A lot of history to take in and enjoy.

New River Trail State Park

Fantastic trail on a Fall day. Draper is a must stop.

November, 2023 by jmebane7

Fantastic trail on a Fall day. Draper is a must stop.

New River Trail State Park

Scenic bumpy ride

October, 2023 by nphillips_tl

We rode the New River Trail from the Ivanhoe Jubilee and Horse Show Park to the Byllesby Dam and back. We would have continued, but we were hemmed in by trail closures. There were lovely views of the river and fall foliage. We did find the trail rough in this section with larger pieces of gravel put on the trail, probably firm it up when muddy. It sure could use some regrading and a layer of packed fine gravel. The nuts in sections didn’t help with the twitchy ride. Where the trail had just packed dirt was much smoother. We rode on two inch tires and I wouldn’t want much less than that. We saw the Billy Goat near Bull Dam, which I had read about in a post from May 2022. Is he the mascot of the trail?

New River Trail State Park

galax to ivanhoe

October, 2023 by aldo_desalvo

i rode from the trailhead in galax to close to ivanhoe. this trail is in fantastic shape. maybe the 7 dollar cost to park pays for the upkeep. I was very impressed and look forward to riding the pulaski section next year. the short spur was closed or i would have done that.
I have rode the creeper trail, high bridge trail and the tobacco heritage trail in south hill.. in va. this trail is in the best condition of all three.

Greenbrier River Trail

Fantastic Ride

September, 2023 by g6rdqfm4ph

Did this over 2 days stopping to camp in Watoga State Park. I don’t recommend paying for a river view camp site because we did and couldn’t see the river. We went from Cass to Lewisburg. Fairly well maintained trail but a few rougher patches and narrow lanes. Mostly shaded in Sept which was nice in the heat. Mostly downhill this direction but on gravel somehow it always feel like uphill. The tunnels and bridges were a fun part of this ride. Water available on the trail was cool and tasted great. My filter failed so this was a pleasant surprise.

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