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A view of the river at New River State Park
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Some Park Areas and Campgrounds Closed...   

Elk Shoals Access: Open (do not park on the road shoulders; roads repairs should be completed by 7/1)
Wagoner Access: Open
Riverbend Campsites: Open
221 Access: Open
Kings Creek: Open
Alleghany Access: Open

 Last updated on: Friday, June 21, 2019

River levels are still high   

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

Education

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."


Map of North Carolina

 

Contact

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 Methodists 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