This four-day cycling adventure reveals outstanding landscapes of dense rainforest, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands, with views all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the wild Tasman Sea.Attractions and experiences along the trail include gold panning, rafting, dolphin watching, jade, wood and bone carving studios, trout fishing, scenic flights and the West Coast Treetop Walk as well as the chance to view unique sculptures, glass blowing and the work of local potters.Located 16km south of Hokitika, the Treetop Walk is an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants.A steel platform 20m high and 450m long provides easy access to experience life among the birds high in the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy.Freshly made coffee and tea by the pot are also on offer.
There are access points to the trail at Allisonia, Chestnut Yard, Cliffview, Dannelly Park (near Galax), Draper, Dora Junction (near Pulaski), Foster Falls, Fries, Galax, Gambetta, Hiwassee and Ivanhoe. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties and Galax in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. There's no vehicular access to the campsites and no showers or bathhouses. Number of sites of each type: Primitive Tent, 10; Primitive Horse, 3 Site types: CV001-CV010: Site CV001 is universally accessible and is the last to be rented if not required by a disabled guest. Group sites must be rented in groups of three or more until all other Millrace sites are reserved.
Horses may not cross the Dannelly Complex footbridge. Campers must leave their confirmation letter on their car's dashboard for overnight parking. Take SR 721 one-quarter of a mile and turn right onto Creekview Road. Note: This campground is 24 miles from Cliffview Campground. Each has a fire ring, lantern post, picnic table, access to the New River Trail and non-flush toilet. One site, MR012, is universally accessible and is reserved last if not required for a disabled camper. The New River's current is unpredictable and potentially dangerous; underwater hazards are possible. Campers will need access to a fax machine or need to pick up the letter at the Foster Falls office if there is insufficient time to receive the letter by mail.
Note: This campground is 24 miles from the Millrace Campground. Each site has a fire ring, lantern post, picnic table, access to the New River Trail and non-flush toilet. One site, CV001, is universally accessible and is reserved last if not required for a disabled camper. Campers will need access to a fax machine or will need to pick up the letter at the Cliffview office if there is insufficient time to receive the letter by mail. Directions Primitive Tent, 12; Group Primitive Tent, 9 Site Type: MR001-MR012: Site MR012 is ADA (universally accessible).
The historic villages of Kumara, Milltown, Kaniere, Ruatapu and Ross provide opportunities to meet the locals on a more personal level and enjoy some good old-fashioned West Coast hospitality.
The majority of the 132km route is an easy ride, catering for all levels of riding abilities, including families.