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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
     
  • April:
    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.

 

List of trails

The many trails of the New River State Park will meander from the river’s edge to the top of the rolling hills of North Carolina’s High Country.  To the left under 'Park Maps and Brochures' you will find maps for all of the trails at each of the three main accesses of the New River: Wagoner Access Road, Highway 221, and Alleghany.

 


221 Access Area: Dogwood Trail
Location: US Hwy 221 Access

Description:

This one-eighth-mile out-and-back trail starts near the picnic shelter. It is handicap accessible and goes to a wooden platform overlooking the river.


Surface: gravel

Length:
0.12 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
Yellow

221 Access Area: Hickory Trail
Location: US Hwy 221 Access

Description:

This moderate one mile trail begins on the east side of the park and traverses along side of the ridge above the river. The view is mostly of the contours of the land. This trail crosses the road and follows through a forest of Montane Oak, Hickory, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. It connects to the Campground Spur Trail. To get your TRACK Trail adventures, please visit the trailhead kiosk located just outside the entrance of the Park’s Visitor Center.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
Red

221 Access Area: New River TRACK Trail
Location: US Hwy 221 Access

Description:

The New River State Park TRACK Trail was superimposed upon the Park’s Hickory Trail. The trail begins on the side of the visitor center (left side if facing the front); intersects with the Campground Spur Trail and continues as a 1.0-mile long loop trail that has a short out-and-back spur that will deliver you to the edge of the New River. The trail passes through an oak-hickory montane forest, down to the river’s edge, up through a mountain meadow and back to the visitor center through a pine thicket. To get your TRACK Trail adventures, please visit the trailhead kiosk located just outside the entrance of the Park’s Visitor Center.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
1.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
Blue, White, & Red

221 Access Area: River Run Trail
Location: US Hwy 221 Access

Description:

The trail winds through the forest down the mountainside, past an old home site, and finishes on a grassy path by the river’s edge which leads you to river access.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
Orange

221 Access: Campground Spur Trail
Location: US Hwy 221 Access

Description:

Branches off the Hickory Trail and winds through the forest behind the Visitor Center and connects to the Drive-to Campground.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.25 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
White