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Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about New River State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

Additionally, educational materials about New River State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The New River program focuses on basic river ecology and the aspects of the New River that make it unique. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

To arrange a special exploration of New River State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Visitor Center

There's more to New River State Park than outdoor recreation! Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the Natural and cultural history of the park. Learn about the river's Riparian Zone: "A natural hedge that gives the river an edge!" From hands-on exhibits about plants and animals, to a video about canoeing the New River. There's much to see, learn and do.

The visitor center offers a variety of interactive exhibits and displays of maps, animal tracks, forests around New River valley, local bird species, early culture, watersheds and river basins, protecting water quality and much more.

Enjoy watching programs on the big screen in the auditorium. Currently featuring "Exploring North Carolina,'" with a special focus on the New River, entitled "New Beginnings."

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644



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GPS: 36.46768, -81.34035


Wagoner Access & US 221 Access
December - February: 8am - 6pm
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