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A view of the river at New River State Park
Current status of park facilities   

All campsites, including group campsites, are open. Reservations are required; please visit Aspira's website or call them at 1-877-722-6762 to make your reservation.

Trails, restrooms, river accesses, and the Elk Shoals swim beach are open. Picnic shelters are open and available for rental.

The park office at Wagoner and visitor center at U.S. 221 are open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter any building.

Other facilities, such as classrooms and community buildings, remain closed. The exhibit hall at the U.S. 221 visitor center is also closed.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, 2020, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 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.
     

 

 

 

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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
White