Salem, VA Walking Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Chessie Nature Trail

7 mi
State: VA
Dirt, Gravel

Craig County Greenway Trail

0.95 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Greenbrier River Trail

77 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

1.7 mi
State: VA
Gravel

Huckleberry Trail

7.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Jackson River Scenic Trail

14.3 mi
State: VA
Gravel

James River Foot Bridge

0.12 mi
State: VA
Boardwalk

James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

9.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

Lick Run Greenway

4.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mason Creek Greenway

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mill Mountain Greenway

3.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

0.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Murray Run Greenway

1.9 mi
State: VA
Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips

New River Trail State Park

57.7 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Potts Valley Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Grass

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
Accordion

Uptown Spur Trail

0.7 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Wolf Creek Greenway

2.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...
VA 7 mi 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
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 4.5 mi Asphalt
West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...
WV 77 mi Gravel
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
In the early 1900s, a train line nicknamed “the Huckleberry” was built to transport coal and provide mail and passenger service to Blacksburg. The line was also used by the Corps cadets at Virginia...
VA 7.9 mi Asphalt
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. The serene...
VA 14.3 mi Gravel
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
The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown...
VA 9.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips
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
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
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
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
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
Southern Virginia's New River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and has been designated as an official National Recreation Trail by the US Department of the Interior. It is also a state...
VA 57.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul...
WV 4.5 mi Dirt, Grass
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
Accordion
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 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

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Trails by activity

Riverway Trail (Radford)

VA - 3.2 miles

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...

Lick Run Greenway

VA - 4.2 miles

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...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

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,...

Accordion

New River Trail State Park

VA - 57.7 miles

Southern Virginia's New River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and has been designated as an official National Recreation Trail by the US Department of the Interior. It is also a state...

Roanoke River Greenway

VA - 13.6 miles

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...

Lewisburg and Ronceverte Trail (L&R Trail)

WV - 0.4 miles

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...

James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

VA - 9.5 miles

The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown...

Wolf Creek Greenway

VA - 2.2 miles

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...

Huckleberry Trail

VA - 7.9 miles

In the early 1900s, a train line nicknamed “the Huckleberry” was built to transport coal and provide mail and passenger service to Blacksburg. The line was also used by the Corps cadets at Virginia...

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

VA - 0.5 miles

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...

Tinker Creek Greenway

VA - 1.3 miles

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...

Mason Creek Greenway

VA - 1.2 miles

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...

Uptown Spur Trail

VA - 0.7 miles

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...

Mill Mountain Greenway

VA - 3.2 miles

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,...

Craig County Greenway Trail

VA - 0.95 miles

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...

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles

West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...

Roanoke River Greenway

VA - 13.6 miles

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...

Murray Run Greenway

VA - 1.9 miles

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...

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

VA - 1.7 miles

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...

Accordion

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

VA - 0.5 miles

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...

Jackson River Scenic Trail

VA - 14.3 miles

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. The serene...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Tinker Creek Greenway

VA - 1.3 miles

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...

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

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,...

James River Foot Bridge

VA - 0.12 miles

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...

Potts Valley Rail Trail

WV - 4.5 miles

The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul...

Mill Mountain Greenway

VA - 3.2 miles

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,...

Lick Run Greenway

VA - 4.2 miles

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...

Wolf Creek Greenway

VA - 2.2 miles

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...

Riverway Trail (Radford)

VA - 3.2 miles

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...

Uptown Spur Trail

VA - 0.7 miles

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...

Lewisburg and Ronceverte Trail (L&R Trail)

WV - 0.4 miles

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...

Mason Creek Greenway

VA - 1.2 miles

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...

James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

VA - 9.5 miles

The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown...

New River Trail State Park

VA - 57.7 miles

Southern Virginia's New River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and has been designated as an official National Recreation Trail by the US Department of the Interior. It is also a state...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Huckleberry Trail

VA - 7.9 miles

In the early 1900s, a train line nicknamed “the Huckleberry” was built to transport coal and provide mail and passenger service to Blacksburg. The line was also used by the Corps cadets at Virginia...

James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

VA - 9.5 miles

The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown...

Mill Mountain Greenway

VA - 3.2 miles

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,...

Accordion

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

VA - 1.7 miles

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...

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles

West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...

Uptown Spur Trail

VA - 0.7 miles

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...

New River Trail State Park

VA - 57.7 miles

Southern Virginia's New River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and has been designated as an official National Recreation Trail by the US Department of the Interior. It is also a state...

Jackson River Scenic Trail

VA - 14.3 miles

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. The serene...

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

VA - 0.5 miles

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...

Potts Valley Rail Trail

WV - 4.5 miles

The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul...

Tinker Creek Greenway

VA - 1.3 miles

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...

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

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,...

Murray Run Greenway

VA - 1.9 miles

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...

James River Foot Bridge

VA - 0.12 miles

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...

Craig County Greenway Trail

VA - 0.95 miles

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...

Lick Run Greenway

VA - 4.2 miles

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...

Wolf Creek Greenway

VA - 2.2 miles

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...

Riverway Trail (Radford)

VA - 3.2 miles

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...

Mason Creek Greenway

VA - 1.2 miles

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Roanoke River Greenway

A terrific, safe trail right through a city

June, 2020 by ockham3

I ride the Roanoke River Greenway several times a week. I park at either the Norwich trailhead At Bridge Street or the 13th Street entrance. To add the Tinker Creek Greenway, I park at one of two side by side lots on Wise Avenue or at Fallon Park. This section has a very steep hill which connects to the Roanoke River Greenway at the Water Pollution Plant. Great fun. A nice side trip is to cross over to the Garden City Greenway, a two mile climb up and back 2 miles to the RRG. An 18-20 mile excursion in total. Did it this morning. Great!
The ride through the several city parks is quite beautiful and on the weekends there are lots of riders, joggers and walkers sharing the trail with families using the many picnic tables along the route.
I’m always safe, always within shouting distance of help if I need it at 75 years.

Chessie Nature Trail

great ride.

June, 2020 by jjustine

The trail was nice and the scenery - amazing. Nice roadside stops on both ends for a quick snack as well. Didn’t see any bathrooms though - FYI.

Jackson River Scenic Trail

A Gem!

June, 2020 by scochran760

I spent a day riding this trail in November 2019. I parked at the Smith Bridge trail head and rode to the southern terminus then turned and rode back past my car to the northern terminus and back for a really good day of riding. It is an excellent trail that is well-maintained. I think the feature I have to brag about the most is how well the mileage is marked. I will definitely be back and highly recommend it to anyone.

Accordion

Wolf Creek Greenway

awesome place for exercise

June, 2020 by tswenergy1

I saw people strolling, jogging, biking.. families.. not over crowded. Beautiful place! Shaded in a lot of areas so not too hot!

Chessie Nature Trail

amazing

June, 2020 by jeremiahster

It was awesome

New River Trail State Park

The trail just south of Pulaski apparently has suffered some serious flooding and erosion. It was fortified with large rocks ( 6 to 8 in) which I'm sure will help as they re-establish the trail, but made for pretty rough riding.

June, 2020 by evada

The trail just south of Pulaski apparently has suffered some serious flooding and erosion. It was fortified with large rocks ( 6 to 8 in) which I'm sure will help as they re-establish the trail, but made for pretty rough riding.

James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

Great escape from Cville!

May, 2020 by msmoodyness

Busy trail (especially on a Sunday) but beautiful and worthwhile way to spend a day! I imagine hiking on the unpaved trails is even better...we biked the entire length and back, so fun!

New River Trail State Park

Exppensive

May, 2020 by btweede

Went to visit friends in Pulaski over the weekend. Weather was nice so i stopped at trail parking before heading home. Cost $7.00 for an hours walk. Ridiculous! Need a better system. No other trail i have been on charges for parking.

Tinker Creek Greenway

fun for families

May, 2020 by lo2wise

Good family ride. Connects to Roanoke River Trail.

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

New section trailhead on Spruce Street Gorgeous and Musical

February, 2020 by saxapahawnc

Section 6B recently opened the trailhead with parking and restroom on Spruce Street, without exact address at Mulberry Creek (approx 1990 Spruce Street). It's about a half mile past Brookdale merging with Spruce at the Carilion Clinics and Spruce Street Station. After another follow up lab or doctor visit, hiking with the dog on Dick and Willie Passage is therapeutic. Minimal street noise at the parking lot, new evergreens lining the trailhead and new restroom facility, this is a tranquil spot to relax, breathe, and enjoy gorgeous scenery on highly maintained paved trails with excellent drainage.

Trail signs dot the length of the trail, easily sighted to stay on trail along creek, Country Club Drive, then more asphalt paved, densely wooded trail. Calls of frogs and creek water tinkling accompanied us the first quarter mile. The sounds of the river rushing picked up after Country Club Drive ended, as we were east of Smith River, again on well-sign marked asphalt trail, until a pond behind the sports complex.

Dog poop bag stations and a couple trash receptacles would be excellent to keep the trail as clean as possible while hiking and biking. The gravel flanking the asphalt and drainage/swales engineered along the trail kept water and mud off-trail, making this as dry as possible after multiple days of precipitation, or snow melting, more recently. I and the paws were dry, a perk we don't get in our own currently muddy yard. Excellent addition to parks and trails in Henry County. We plan to drive down solely for trail hiking and picnicking with the furry family in tow.

Chessie Nature Trail

Awesome!

December, 2019 by misty.r.brown

This is a well maintained trail that takes you from a high trafficked trail, through less trafficked cow pastures (DONT FORGET TO CLOSE THE GATES) next to the Maury River between Lexington and Buena Vista. My husband and I love running the Chessie especially when we are logging marathon training miles. Definitely a must run if you are in the area. If you love it ~ there is a marathon and 1/2 marathon on the Chessie in mid October. You can always check in with the locals at the Lexington Running Shop on Main Street to see if there is a group run upcoming on the trails. 😀👍 Always better with friends. Run Happy Y’all!

Greenbrier River Trail

a bit disappointing

November, 2019 by jeree

My husband, sister and I rode the trail end to end and back this past summer. We are from Pittsburgh and have the Great Allegheny Passage trail that runs from pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland, about 150 miles. So I am a bit spoiled having the best trail in the country, in my opinion, in my backyard. The Greenbrier River trail was disappointing. The trail surface was bad. It was basically two narrow tire tracks with grass in the middle taking up most of the trail. You can’t take your eyes off the trail to look at the scenery because of the trail surface being so narrow. There are almost no amenities on the trail, just the one town of Marlinton at mile marker 55, and a convenience store in the town of Seebert, but there are picnic tables and port-a-potties often along the trail. There are few choices of overnight accommodations. We started in Cass and stayed at the Bear Creek Lodge,It was close to the trail, nothing fancy and it had food on the first floor. Our next stop was in Seebert. We where lucky enough to find the Hillsboro House B&B, about two miles from the trail at Jack Hornes Cornes convenience store in Seebert. It was a great place to stay. But it is an uphill climb from the trail. I recommend not taking the road there, it was very busy with no berm, take Burnside rd. to Workmen rd. to Denmar rd. That takes you right to The Hillsboro House. At the end of the trail near Caldwell, we stayed at The Greenbrier River Cabin, it was beautiful and right at the end of the trail. There are just not a lot of amenities close, just a convenience store about a mile away, again on a very busy road with no berm. We had pizza delivered to the cabin. Due to the radio wave tower in the town of Green Bank, you probably will not have cell service on the trail. We had no service the entire trip until we got to Caldwell. We have done long distance bike trips (200 miles) every summer for the last 10 years in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Michigan. This is a trail I would not recommend. Although the scenery in West Virginia is breathtaking ,the trail is remote and the trail surface was not good. Had the trail been in better condition I would rate this trail higher.

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