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A view of the river at New River State Park
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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
Events and Programs

New River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike along the New River and in search of June wildflowers, ferns, and trees.
Wear good walking shoes and bring a bottle of
water. Feel free to bring your camera to capture natures beauty and leave it for others to
Please meet at 10 a.m. at the
Wagoner Access Contact Station.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Wagoner Access

Join a park ranger to learn about natures "dam builders"...the good...the hazards…and their role in the eco-system of our forests and waterways. There will be a short hike to look at beaver signs. Please bring water, and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Lower Parking lot

Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river, and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and also be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park's Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center.  Don't forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 mile challenge. For more information about the 100 mile challenge please go to
Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service.
Call 336.982.2587 to reserve your space.

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

Meet a Ranger at Wagoner Access Area at 10am for a program on Fishing The New River.  Discussion topics include Gear and bait choices, boating / river safety, fish species, and licensing requirements.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Wagoner Access

Summertime is a great time of year to have fun and get outdoors, but it could also be potentially hazardous.  Meet with a Ranger at the 221 Access Visitor Center to discuss and cover all the safety topics and ways to stay safe while you enjoy being outside or on the water this summer. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

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