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
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
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644
GPS: 36.46768, -81.34035
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