Friday, June 17, 2016

Fries New River RV Park

When we first started full-timing, a couple we had met had told us about a RV park in Fries, VA. They told us it was small, sites right near a babbling brook, and very quaint.  I’ve had it on my radar since then!

We left Wilkesboro, NC and headed to Fries New River RV Park.  We followed the directions provided by Tom, the owner, to a “T”.  The roads were windy and a tad narrow but definitely do-able as long as you took your time.

Tom met us when we arrived and told us to take our pick of sites.
Oh, and his wife makes baked goods for each new arrival.  We were the happy recipients of pumpkin raisin muffins!

The RV park has 16 sites and a good number of them are right along the babbling brook.  
Park office
One of the main attractions of the park is the close proximity of the New River Trail.  We were one block from where we could get on the trail!  Talk about convenient!!

We spent quite a bit of time on the trail.  While not paved, most of the sections that we were on were hard-packed which made for mostly easy riding.
Framily time!

Near the Fries Junction

Dan and I enjoying the scenery
I'm watching you!!
Acting silly!
It's a looong bridge

Great day to bike ride
Beautiful river views
The first day on the trail, we saw a Baltimore Oriole.  It was such a treat and made Syl and I smile.  A little further down the trail, we had an even bigger treat.  We had stopped to look at the rock formation in the river….

It was neat how the two formations paralleled each other.  I walked to the other side of the trail and Dan motioned for Syl and I to come back to look at something….
A deer was swimming!

On the rock formations

Going to swim again!
So neat to see

Time to dry off
Fries is a very small town.  I believe that the last census taken showed it had about 400 year round residents!  But, the town is on the “Crooked River Music Trail” and music is an important part of the their heritage.  Thursday evenings, the community center hosts a jam session.  Syl and I walked to town to check it out….it was a larger crowd in attendance than I anticipated.  There were 16 musicians playing all sorts of instruments.  The youngest musician was about 4 years old.  He was so cute playing the banjo!  Most of the audience seemed to be locals and many of them loved to dance. Two-steppin‘ and flat-footin’….it was such a good time!  Syl and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The rest of the week was spent chilling and exploring the area.
Gin and Syl like the campfire quilt I made them!

I think I am going to have to make another campfire quilt!
Swing on the hill opposite our site

Dan smoked brisket and taters!
We really enjoyed our time in Fries but it was time to head further into the hills!



  1. We really like that park. So easy to spend the day relaxing on the patio and listen to the birds and the babbling brook. Thursday night Jam session was so fun!

  2. What a great find! Biking the new river trail is on our bucket list. This park looks perfect!