From Gambetta to Fries Junction is a 2.5 mile, easy, slight downhill gradient with parking available only at Gambetta. The nearest parking to Fries Junction is near State Route 721 on the Fries Branch or at Byllesby Dam as the trail continues toward Pulaski. This section of trail is worth the effort to explore. Highlights of the section are the two-hundred foot long, curved, Chestnut Tunnel and the more than one thousand foot long bridge over the New River. Directly across the river from Fries Junction is the mouth of Chestnut Creek and the portion of the trail that terminates at Galax.
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