Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

First Day Hike

Chris, Sidney, and I attended a First Day Hike with our friend, Brenda, and a handful of other folks at the Foster Falls section of the New River Trail State Park. We toured the Foster Falls community, Shot Tower, and the Austinville site, which the park just acquired.

Group photo in front of the entrance to the old mine in Austinville, Va.

Group photo in front of the entrance to the old mine in Austinville, Va.

All state parks in Virginia and North Carolina offered hikes on New Year’s Day, and I’m sure other state parks across the nation did, as well. This was a great way to start the new year. I hope you spent Jan. 1 enjoying great company and doing things you love.

Foster Falls is my favorite section of the New River Trail. It’s the former site of an orphanage and a hotel that served the mining community along the rail line. The trail head features old mill buildings, a pig iron furnace, a livery, bike and canoe rentals and camping. The 57-mile New River Trail lies along a former Norfolk Southern rail line from Pulaski to Galax and Fries.

Shot Tower at Jackson's Ferry, near Foster Falls, Va.

Shot Tower at Jackson’s Ferry, near Foster Falls, Va.

Group inside Shot Tower learning how shot was made from molten lead.

Shot of the group learning how shot was made from molten lead inside Shot Tower.

Foster Falls furnace

Foster Falls furnace

Foster Falls hotel

Foster Falls hotel

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