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221 Access Open, All other areas closed due to...   

221 Access is now open. All other park areas of New River State Park are currently closed due to unsafe conditions from Winter Storm Diego.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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.


We may not always see the animals that live around us but we can see the signs they leave behind. Tracks, nests, holes and scat are all signs that we can learn to match up to our outside neighbors. Join a park ranger for a short presentation and then a 1-mile hike looking for and interpreting animal signs to identify the animals that live in New River State Park.

Meet at the Wagoner Access Office. 




Date of Event:
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access Office

Summer and Fall flowers can still be seen during Winter. They just look a little different. Learn how to identify you favorite wildflowers after the bloom is gone. Once you are able to identify the dried stalks of the once colorful flowers, you may agree that there are no weeds in Winter and imagine  only the promise of color next Spring.  

Meet at New River State Park's Wagoner Access Office for a short presentation and a 1-mile easy hike.


Date of Event:
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access Office

Start the New Year with some fresh air! Join one of the many "first hikes" in a beautiful North Carolina State Park. Join a park ranger for an informal hike down the Hickory Trail. We will begin at the Park's Visitor Center for a 1.5-mile moderate hike to the river and back to the Visitor Center.  Wear Sturdy shoes and bring water.

Please call the park office to register for this hike or for more information. 336-982-2587.

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
US Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center

New River State Park

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

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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