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A view of the river at New River State Park


Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


New River State Park offers seven access areas that total more than 3,000 acres. Wagoner and U.S. 221 accesses offer walk-in camping. Wagoner, U.S. 221, Riverbend, Prather's Creek and Alleghany accesses all offer paddle-in camping, with the latter three accesses accessible only by boat. RV camping is available at U.S. 221 access.


Wagoner Access Area – Tent and paddle-in camping

The walk-in/paddle-in campground offers bathroom facilities with hot-water showers. Campers may pack and carry supplies or paddle-in to these campsites.

A group campsite that can accomodate up to 35 campers is also available with reservations.


US 221 Access Area – Tent, trailer, RV and paddle-in camping

US 221 Access offers two camping areas. Both have bathroom facilities with hot-water showers.

The walk-in/paddle-in campground has 14 campsites and a group campsite with potable water. Campers may park and carry supplies or paddle in to these campsites.

At the drive-in campground, 20 campsites can accommodate both tents and RVs. Ten campsites are electric only, and 10 campsites have full (electric, water and sewer) hookups, two of which are ADA accessible. The drive-in campground also offers a dump station and potable water.


Alleghany Access Area – Paddle-in camping ONLY

Alleghany Access offers eight primitive campsites and a group campsite that are accessible only by paddling. The campground has a pit toilet and drinking water. All trash must be carried out.

Campsites are available by reservation only.


Riverbend Access Area – Paddle-in camping ONLY 

Riverbend campsites offer the true primitive experience. There are four campsites that are paddle-in only and only available by reservation.

Small campfires are permitted in the rock fire-rings and all trash must be carried out. There is a pit toilet but no drinking water. Campers must check in at the Wagoner Access Area.

Please read the Fees/FAQs/Rules for more information about camping at Riverbend.


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

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Contact the park




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



  • 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.