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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 - 3:53pm
Wagoner Access Closed for Camping   

Wagoner Access will be closed for camping during the months of December, January and February. The access will be open for day use during the hours of 8 am to 6 pm. The campsites will reopen on March 1, 2018.  Camping remains open at the  US Hwy 221 Access. 

 Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:51am

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."


New River State Park

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

Park Hours:

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