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36th Annual Canoe Race!

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36th Annual Canoe Race!

2017 New River Canoe Race

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.  Some of the fastest times were under 50 minutes for the 5 mile paddle!  There were plenty of family activities for the family including tube rides, food, music, fishing, and ranger programs.  Thank you to all who volunteered, sponsored, and participated in this event.
 

A view of the river at New River State Park

Map of North Carolina

 

Contact the park

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 Methodist Camp Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.365324, -81.433277

 

HOURS

  • December to February:
    8:00am 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
     
  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Saturday to Sunday:
    10:00am to 3:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Closed November 1 to March 31
     
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    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     

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