Elk Shoals Access: Closed until repairs can be made. Expected to reopen 6/22. Wagoner Access: Open (a few campsites will remain closed until 6/19 for repairs). Riverbend Campsites: Closed. Expected to reopen 6/16. 221 Access: Open Kings Creek: Open Alleghany Access: Open. Group campsite closed, will reopen 6/21.
The current river level in the New River is still high and can be dangerous. We recommend only experienced paddlers attempt paddle trips at this time.
Last updated on: Thursday, June 13, 2019
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.
⇒ NOTICE: FIREWOOD
Please do not bring firewood with you to the park. If you find or buy wood from the park, please do not take it back home with you. Burn all the wood or leave it at the park for other campers.
Foreign pests can travel with wood, and carrying firewood from one area to another can be detrimental to the local forest. We have firewood available for purchase, or you can collect wood and kindling from dead and downed trees.
Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation of the emerald ash borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into New River State Park.
The emerald ash borer is a destructive 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 parks system.
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The 39th Annual New River Canoe Race will take place on June 1st, 9:00 a.m. All proceeds go to support Friends of High Country State Parks’ mission to support our state parks.
The event will begin at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson, N.C. and travel five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park. This paddle route is calm with no white water. This is a family-friendly event.