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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
Solar Elcipse Viewing WILL BE AT Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area   

All Solar Elipse Viewing events that were at New River State Park will be redirected to Mt Jefferson State Natural Area.

 Posted on: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 4:26pm
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.

 

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, 08/26/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Wagoner Access

Come join a Ranger at the 221 Access Visitor Center to discover the history of the New River: The land, the river, the people that lived here, and why we want to protect the New River. Also, we will discuss how New River State Park became a state park.

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/26/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Visitor Center

What lies below the not so briny depths of the New River? Come and find out. Join staff to take a peak below the surface. Put on a snorkel and peer at the plants and animals that live in the river. Fish, insects, algae, and so much more lie just below the surface.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/27/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access
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

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