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A view of the river at New River State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Hiking trails and river access points are open daily under normal operating hours, from 7:00am to 10:00pm. All other park facilities remains closed.

Campsites are open, with the exception of group sites.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – New River State Park


Contact the park
 

336-982-2587

new.river@ncparks.gov

 

Wagoner access

336-982-5817
 


Addresses
 

U.S. 221 access
and visitor center

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644

GPS: 36.4676, -81.3403

 

Wagoner access

1447 Wagoner Access Road
Jefferson, NC 28640

GPS: 36.4158, -81.3871

 

Kings Creek access

2250 Kings Creek Road
Piney Creek, NC 28663

GPS: 36.5276, -81.3363

 

Elk Shoals access

349 Methodist Camp Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.3653, -81.4332
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Saturday to Sunday:
    10:00am to 3:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Closed November 1 to March 31
     
  • April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     

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  • The swim beach at Elk Shoals access is open from sunrise to sunset year-round.
     

 

 

 

Camping


Reservations
 

 Find and book a campsite or facility online

 Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Available camping facilities
 

► Wagoner: Tent or paddle-in camping; group camping

The Wagoner access area has a "walk-in" tent campground that is also open for paddle-in camping. This camping area offers bathroom facilities with hot showers. Campers may pack and carry supplies on a short walk from the parking lot or paddle to the sites.

This area also has a group campsite that can accommodate up to 35 campers. The group site must be reserved beforehand.

 

► Wagoner: Backpack and group backpack camping at Peaks

The Peaks camping area is accessible through Wagoner access via the Riverbend Trail. This area offers two backpack sites along the mountain base, which is relatively undisturbed and will provide campers with solitude and seclusion. Site #61 is a 1.5-mile hike from the Wagoner parking area, and site #62 is a 2-mile hike.

Backpack campers must register and pay for the campsites prior to hiking to the site. A self-registration box is located at the intersection of Riverbend Trail and the Fern Nature Trail.

The Peaks camping area also has a group backpack campsite that can accommodate up to 12 campers and is located 2.5 miles from the trailhead.

The Riverbend Trail continues on to Riverbend access for additional backpack sites (please see below).

 

► Riverbend: Paddle-in or backpack camping

The Riverbend camping area has four campsites that can be reached by paddling to the area or backpacking from Wagoner access. Backpackers have a 3.5-mile moderate to strenuous hike on the Riverbend Trail to reach the campsites. All campers, whether they are backpacking or paddling, must check in at Wagoner access.

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.

 

► U.S. 221: Tent or paddle-in camping

The "walk-in" campground has 14 tent campsites and a group campsite. Campers may park at the parking area and carry supplies on a short walk to their site, or paddle to their site. This camping area also offers bathroom facilities with hot showers and potable water.

 

► U.S. 221: Tent, trailer, and RV camping

The "drive-in" campground has 20 campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers or RVs. Ten campsites have full hookups (electric, water, and sewer) for RVs — two of which are wheelchair accessible. The other ten campsites have electric hookup only. This camping area also offers bathroom facilities with hot showers, dump station, and potable water.

 

► Prather's Creek: Paddle-in camping ONLY

Prather's Creek offer the true primitive experience, as these campsites are accessible only by paddling. All trash must be carried out.

There are four primitive campsites, available by reservation only. There are no toilet facilities or drinking water at this access.

 

► Alleghany: Paddle-in camping ONLY

Alleghany access offers eight primitive campsites and one group campsite, all accessible only by paddling.

All trash must be carried out. This access has a pit toilet and drinking water.

These campsites are available by reservation only.

 


Important information
 

Check-in and check-out times

Check-in at New River State Park is 3:00pm and check-out is at 11:00am.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in or late check-out, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: new.river@ncparks.gov or 336-982-2587.
 

Amenities

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, bathhouses or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.
 

Gate access

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 during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

 

Changes and cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on the reservations website. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel a reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by the reservations system to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.
 


Camping rates per night
 

Campsite type

Summer

April 1 to
October 31

Winter

November 1 to
March 31

RV campsite
with electric, water
and sewer hookups

U.S. 221 drive-in sites

$36

$30

RV campsite
with electric hookup

U.S. 221 drive-in sites

$31

$25

Tent campsite

Wagoner and U.S. 221
walk-in/paddle-in sites

$26

$22

Primitive campsite

Backpack sites at Peaks (Wagoner)
and Riverbend
Paddle-in sites at Riverbend,
Prather's Creek and Alleghany

$15

$15

Tent group campsite
maximum capacity of 35

Walk-in group site at Wagoner
and U.S. 221

$65

$55

Primitive group campsite
maximum capacity of 12

Backpack group site at Peaks (Wagoner)

$83

$73

Primitive group campsite
maximum capacity of 40

Paddle-in group site at Alleghany

$83

$73

 

all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee