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Some Park Areas and Campgrounds Closed...   

Elk Shoals Access: Open (do not park on the road shoulders; roads repairs should be completed by 7/1)
Wagoner Access: Open
Riverbend Campsites: Open
221 Access: Open
Kings Creek: Open
Alleghany Access: Open

 Last updated on: Friday, June 21, 2019

River levels are still high   

The current river level in the New River is still high and can be dangerous. We recommend only experienced paddlers attempt paddle trips at this time.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 13, 2019

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 us on a 1 hour hike to learn about the common fern of this area. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org   
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/29/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access - Ranger Station

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, 06/29/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

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 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 www.nc100mile.org   

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, 07/14/2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access - Visitor Center

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 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 www.nc100mile.org   

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, 07/21/2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access - Visitor Center

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 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 www.nc100mile.org   

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, 08/04/2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access - Visitor Center

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Contact

336-982-2587
new.river@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

U.S. 221 access
and visitor center

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644

GPS: 36.46768, -81.34035

 

Wagoner access

1447 Wagoner Access Road
Jefferson, NC 28640

GPS: 36.415808, -81.387174

 

Kings Creek access

2250 Kings Creek Road
Piney Creek, NC 28663

GPS: 36.527628, -81.336359

 

Elk Shoals access

349 Methodists Camp Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.365324, -81.433277

 

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