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Campsites CLOSED - Wagoner Access (click for more...   

Wagoner Access campsites will be closed December through February to allow the sites to recover from seasonal use. Since camping is closed for the winter season at Wagoner Access, park hours at Wagoner Access only for December through February will be 8am -6pm. Campsites are still available throughout the winter season at 221 Access

 Last updated on: Monday, December 3, 2018

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.

 

Learn about Black Bears! Join a Park Ranger to learn about this often feared creature. Black bears can be found throughout a large portion of NC. They often make the news when they pass through a populated area. This program will separate the facts and myths about black bears.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access - Visitor Center

Join a Ranger for a brief discussion on how to identify animals by their tracks and signs they leave behind and afterwards take a short, 1mile walk along the river looking for these signs.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access

Meet a park ranger to talk about the common snakes of the High Country & the difference between venomous & non-venomous snakes

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access - Visitor Center

Witness the amazing courtship flight of the American Woodcock. Also learn about its life history, and some cool facts about this unique woodland shore bird that is rarely seen. This bird is perfectly camouflaged and rarely heard. The exception occurs in late winter and early Spring when the male birds perform dizzying courtship displays. Strutting his dance moves on the ground and in the air, a male Woodcock will serenade several on looking females. This stage act is taking place all over the farm fields of eastern U.S. from the Wisconsin sand-hills to the Gulf of Mexico, and you are invited. Be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes outside in the cold air and dark skies. 

This event will be held on
Friday, March 29th at 7 pm 
Saturday, March 30th at 7 pm

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Sat Mar 30 2019.
Fri, 03/29/2019 - 7:00pm, Sat, 03/30/2019 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Visitor Center

Witness the amazing courtship flight of the American Woodcock. Also learn about its life history, and some cool facts about this unique woodland shore bird that is rarely seen. This bird is perfectly camouflaged and rarely heard. The exception occurs in late winter and early Spring when the male birds perform dizzying courtship displays. Strutting his dance moves on the ground and in the air, a male Woodcock will serenade several on looking females. This stage act is taking place all over the farm fields of eastern U.S. from the Wisconsin sand-hills to the Gulf of Mexico, and you are invited. Be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes outside in the cold air and dark skies. 

This event will be held on
Friday, March 29th at 7 pm 
Saturday, March 30th at 7 pm

Date of Event:
Fri, 03/29/2019 - 7:00pm, Sat, 03/30/2019 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Visitor Center
Contact:

New River State Park

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel SpringsNC 28644
Phone336-982-2587
new.river@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.467680
Longitude: -81.340350

Map of North Carolina

 

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