In this episode of Ask a Ranger, we will delve into all the things a North Carolina Park Ranger does. Our guest is Superintendent Joe Shimel from New River State Park in Laurel Springs, N.C.
Park Maps and Brochures:
- Park Factsheet
- Park Map (Park Paddle Map)
- 221 Access Area Drive-to Campground
- 221 Access Area Trail Map
- 221 Access Area Walk in/Canoe in Campground
- Alleghany Access Area Trail Map
- Riverbend Access Area Campground - Canoe-in Only
- Wagoner Road Access Area - Walk in/Canoe in Campground
- Wagoner Road Access Area Trail Map
- Alleghany Access Area Campground Map
A safe water level would be between 700 - 1200 cubic feet per second. You can check water levels by going to https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv?site_no=03161000 .Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2018
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
Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.
The 36th Annual New River Canoe Race was a blast! Great weather coupled with above normal water levels created ideal conditions for a fun day of racing on New River. The race is coordinated by Friends of High Country State Parks and is a long running tradition of bringing families to paddle the river. The race includes multiple categories for men, women, mixed, and families utilizing different water craft such as canoes, kayaks and longboats. There were about 150 boat entries in the race from novice to champion levels.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts - Takes Art to the Banks of the New River - May 5 – May 7, 2017, New River State Park, 221 Access
New River State Park
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