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A view of the river at New River State Park
River Condition Information    

A safe water level would be between 700 - 1200 cubic feet per second. You can check water levels by going to .

 Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2018
Firewood Alert   

Please don’t bring firewood with you to the park.  If you find or buy wood from the park, please don’t take any back home with you. Burn it all or leave it 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 to purchase, or you can collect wood/ kindling from dead and down trees.

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.

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.

 Posted on: Monday, March 27, 2017


Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


New River State Park offers four access areas that total approximately 872 acres. All four areas provide a paddle-in primitive campground with tables and grills. Walk-in camping is available at two sites, and one site also offers trailer and RV camping.


Wagoner Access Area – Tent and paddle-in camping

The walk-in/paddle-in campground offers bathroom facilities with hot-water showers. Campers may pack and carry supplies or paddle-in to these campsites.

A group campsite that can accomodate up to 35 campers is also available with reservations.


US 221 Access Area – Tent, trailer, RV and paddle-in camping

US 221 Access offers two camping areas. Both have bathroom facilities with hot-water showers.

The walk-in/paddle-in campground has 14 campsites and a group campsite with potable water. Campers may park and carry supplies or paddle in to these campsites.

At the drive-in campground, 20 campsites can accommodate both tents and RVs. Ten campsites are electric only, and 10 campsites have full hookups, two of which are ADA accessible. The drive-in campground also offers a dump station and potable water.


Alleghany Access Area – Paddle-in camping ONLY

Alleghany Access offers eight primitive campsites and a group campsite that are accessible only by paddling. The campground has a pit toilet and drinking water. All trash must be carried out.

Campsites are available by reservation only.


Riverbend Access Area – Paddle-in camping ONLY 

Riverbend campsites offer the true primitive experience. There are four campsites that are paddle-in only and only available by reservation.

Small campfires are permitted in the rock fire-rings and all trash must be carried out. There is a pit toilet but no drinking water. Campers must check in at the Wagoner Access Area.

Please read the Fees/FAQs/Rules for more information about camping at Riverbend.


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.


New River State Park

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

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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