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River Condition Information    

A safe water level would be between 700 - 1200 cubic feet per second. You can check water levels by going to .

 Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2018
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
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 Hwy 221 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, 06/23/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at the 221 Access Visitor Center to learn about the park's unique history.  A short introduction video will be shown plus a discussion and walk through the visitor's center exhibit hall.     

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

Come see one of nature’s most unique insects. Learn how and why fireflies (lighting bugs) light up the night sky. Bring lawn chairs and jacket.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access - Ranger Station

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  
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, 06/24/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

This will be a presentation of skins and skulls. During this program, we will explore the skins and skulls of our local animals and learn where they live, how they survive, and how we can protect them.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 10:00am
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

Map of North Carolina


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