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New River State Park is located in both Ashe and Alleghany counties.


U.S. 221 access

Address: 358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
GPS coordinates: 36.46768, -81.34035

This access area is located at river mile 15 and is the location of the visitor center and park headquarters.

Traveling west on I-40 from eastern North Carolina:

  • Take U.S. 421 North at Winston-Salem. Stay on U.S. 421 North through Wilkesboro.
  • At Deep Gap, turn onto U.S. 221 North.
  • After driving through Jefferson, turn onto U.S. 221/N.C. 16 North.
  • Continue on N.C. 16 North for approximately 4.7 miles to Tom Fowler Road.
  • At Tom Fowler Road, turn right and proceed for about 1.3 miles to the stop sign.
  • Turn left onto U.S. 221. After 2.7 miles, the park entrance will be on your right.

Traveling east on I-40 from western North Carolina:

  • Take U.S. 221 North.
  • After driving through Jefferson, turn on U.S. 221/N.C. 16 North.
  • Continue on N.C. 16 North for approximately 4.7 miles to Tom Fowler Road.
  • At Tom Fowler Road, turn right and proceed for about 1.3 miles to the stop sign.
  • Turn left onto U.S. 221. After 2.7 miles, the park entrance will be on your right.

From I-77:

  • Take U.S. 421 North.
  • At Deep Gap, turn onto U.S. 221 North.
  • After driving through Jefferson, turn onto U.S. 221/N.C. 16 North.
  • Continue on N.C. 16 North for approximately 4.7 miles to Tom Fowler Road.
  • At Tom Fowler Road, turn right and proceed for about 1.3 miles to the stop sign.
  • Turn left onto U.S. 221. After 2.7 miles, the park entrance will be on your right.

Wagoner Road access

Address: 1447 Wagoner Access Road, Jefferson, NC 28640
GPS coordinates: 36.415808, -81.387174

From the U.S. 221 access/visitor center/park headquarters:

  • Turn left onto U.S. 221. Follow U.S. 221 for 2.7 miles to East Shatley Springs Road.
  • Turn right onto East Shatley Springs Road, and stay straight as the road becomes Tom Fowler Road.
  • Turn left onto N.C. 16 South, going toward Jefferson.
  • At the stop sign, turn left onto N.C. 16 South/N.C. 88 East. Go approximately 3 miles, crossing Walter Sheets Bridge.
  • After crossing the bridge, continue for about 1.5 miles and turn left onto Wagoner Access Road. Follow Wagoner Access Road to the access entrance.

Kings Creek access

Address: 2250 Kings Creek Road, Piney Creek, NC 28663
GPS coordinates: 36.527628, -81.336359

This access area is located at river mile 7.

From the U.S. 221 access/visitor center/park headquarters:

  • Turn left onto U.S. 221. Follow U.S. 221 to N.C. 16.
  • Turn right onto N.C. 16 North, toward Mouth of Wilson. Follow N.C. 16 North to Overpass Ramp Road.
  • At Overpass Ramp Road, turn right. At the end of the ramp, make another right and follow to Chestnut Hill Road.
  • Turn right onto Chestnut Hill Road and follow to George McMillian Road.
  • At George McMillian Road, turn left. Follow it to Kings Creek Road.
  • Turn right across the river. Kings Creek access is on the left.

Elk Shoals access

Address: 349 Methodist Camp Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694
GPS coordinates: 36.365324, -81.433277

From West Jefferson:

  • At the intersection of U.S. 221 and N.C. 163, take N.C. 163 South for 2.8 miles.
  • At Boggs Road, turn left. Travel 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right to cross the low water bridge into Elk Shoals access.

Other park accesses

The following accesses are accessible only by boat:

Alleghany County access is at river mile 1.

Prather's Creek access is at river mile 10.

Riverbend access is at river mile 24.


Nearby

 

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

 

 


Map of North Carolina

 

Contact the park

336-982-2587
new.river@ncparks.gov

 

ADDRESSES

U.S. 221 access
and visitor center

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644

GPS: 36.46768, -81.34035

 

Wagoner access

1447 Wagoner Access Road
Jefferson, NC 28640

GPS: 36.415808, -81.387174

 

Kings Creek access

2250 Kings Creek Road
Piney Creek, NC 28663

GPS: 36.527628, -81.336359

 

Elk Shoals access

349 Methodist Camp Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.365324, -81.433277

 

HOURS

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

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