Recreation > Hiking


Most New River hiking trails climb slowly through field and forest before ascending into the valley's remote Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain regions. The New River Trail, a popular and largely level trail, requires hikers and backpackers to expend little effort in grade changes, and several parts of the trail near the river are wheelchair-accessible. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail and many other hiking trails that lead though the Jefferson National Forest may require a knowledge of orienteering and an adaptation to physical exertion.