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New River State Park

A view of the river at New River State Park
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Posted on:  Monday, November 23, 2015 - 9:50am    

Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into New River State Park from outside the local area.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive invasive exotic beetle that feeds on ash trees. Park campgrounds and picnic areas are the most likely areas for EAB introduction into the park. We appreciate your help in protecting the natural resources of New River State Park and our State Park System.

221 Walk-In/Canoe-In Campground Closed
Posted on:  Monday, November 23, 2015 - 3:40pm    

221 Walk-In/Canoe-In Campground will be closed from now until March 1st for campground shower house renovations. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The Wagoner Access, Walk-In/Canoe-In campground will remain open. Please contact the park office with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

New River State Park

The New River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976 and it wildly winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road Access and US 221 Access. Both offer walk-in camping a few hundred feet from parking areas and both offer paddling access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at downstream access areas. Brief trips or multi-day excursions can be arranged with private outfitters or careful planning if visitors bring kayaks or canoes. It’s easy to combine paddling, camping, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. A visitor center with exhibit hall complements interpretive programs on the river’s history and ecology, and a community building can be rented for family or group gatherings.

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New River State Park

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel SpringsNC 28644
Latitude: 36.467680
Longitude: -81.340350

Park Hours:

Wagoner Access & US 221 Access
December - February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day

Visitor Center & Office
8am - 5pm week days
10am - 4pm weekends
Closed Christmas Day

Kings Creek Access 
Closed November 1st thru March 31st. Re-opens April 1st.
Hours of operation are: 
April, October: 8am - 8pm
May - September: 8am - 9pm