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A view of the river at New River State Park
Elk Shoals closed June 8th through June 22nd.   

All access to Elk Shoals of New River State Park will be closed starting June 8th. A Riverbank restoration project will be taking place under the Ecosystem Enhancement Program. Contractors will be working in and near the swim beach and parking areas with heavy equipment during this time. We anticipate the project to be completed and access reopened by June 22nd.
 

 Last updated on: Friday, June 5, 2020

Status of park facilities as of June 2   

Campsites are open as of May 22, with the exception of group sites.

Hiking trails and river access points are open daily under normal operating hours, from 7:00am to 10:00pm. All other park facilities, including the swim beach at Elk Shoals, remains closed.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020


Map of North Carolina – New River State Park


Contact the park
 

336-982-2587

new.river@ncparks.gov

 

Wagoner access

336-982-5817
 


Addresses
 

U.S. 221 access
and visitor center

358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644

GPS: 36.4676, -81.3403

 

Wagoner access

1447 Wagoner Access Road
Jefferson, NC 28640

GPS: 36.4158, -81.3871

 

Kings Creek access

2250 Kings Creek Road
Piney Creek, NC 28663

GPS: 36.5276, -81.3363

 

Elk Shoals access

349 Methodist Camp Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.3653, -81.4332
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Saturday to Sunday:
    10:00am to 3:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Closed November 1 to March 31
     
  • April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     

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  • The swim beach at Elk Shoals access is open from sunrise to sunset year-round.
     

 

 

 

New River State Park

The New River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976, and it wildly winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road access and US 221 access. Both offer walk-in camping a few hundred feet from parking areas and both offer paddling access. RV camping is available at U.S. 221 access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at multiple access areas along the river. Brief trips or multi-day excursions can be arranged with private outfitters or careful planning if visitors bring their own kayaks or canoes. It’s easy to combine paddling, camping, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. A visitor center with an exhibit hall complements interpretive programs on the river’s history and ecology. Picnic shelters, as well as a community building, can be rented for family or group gatherings. Elk Shoals access includes a free swim beach area to enjoy swimming in the New River.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite or facility online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Notices and alerts
 

Now hiring

New River State Park is currently accepting applications for the following seasonal positions. Please click the links below to learn more about the position and how to apply:

 

Elk Shoals

The recently added Elk Shoals property features river access with a free swim beach area. The swim area is open from sunrise to sunset and has ample parking. Please note that there are no toilet facilities at this access. All trash must be carried out.

The Chapel on the New should be available to reserve soon, and future amenities at the access are set to open as renovations are made.

 

Firewood

Please do not bring firewood with you to the park. If you find or buy wood from the park, please do not take it back home with you. Burn all the wood or leave it at the park 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 available for purchase, or you can collect wood and kindling from dead and downed trees.

Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation of the emerald ash borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into New River State Park.

The emerald ash borer is a destructive 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 parks system.

For more information and explanation please visit:

 

River status

You can check water levels of the New River by visiting the United States Geological Survey's website for real-time river condition information.

A safe water level is between 300 and 1,000 cubic feet per second.

 


Current weather
 

28644 Laurel Springs, NC