New River State Park

Trails Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of New River State Park

Located in Ashe and Alleghany counties 35 miles northeast of Boone, New River State Park covers seven accesses along this National Wild and Scenic River that flows north through three states. Elk Shoals has a swim beach, and all accesses allow for launching kayaks and inner tubes to paddle or float along the shallow, gentle river. Paddle-in only campgrounds provide a remote experience. The hellbender — the largest salamander in the U.S. — and 14 species of rare and threatened plant species inhabit the New River valley.

Camping

  • Tent sites (including backpacking and paddle-in sites)
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups)
  • Group tent sites (including backpacking sites and paddle-in only sites)
  • Dump station
  • Showers
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (9 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming (at Elk Shoals access only)
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Classrooms and conference room
  • Community building
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center
  • Exhibits
  • Beach access (river, at Elk Shoals access only)
  • Bathhouses

Plan Your Visit

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Address

358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

GPS: 36.4676, -81.3403

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28644 Laurel Springs, NC

Address

1477 Wagoner Access Road, Jefferson, NC 28640

GPS: 36.4158, -81.3871

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28640 Jefferson, NC

Address

2250 Kings Creek Road, Piney Creek, NC 28663

GPS: 36.5276, 81.3363

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28663 Piney Creek, NC

Address

349 Methodist Camp Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694

GPS: 36.3653, 81.4332

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28694 West Jefferson, NC

Park Hours

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Month

Hours

January 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
February 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Month

Hours

January 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Open Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Month

Hours

January closed
February closed
March closed
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November closed
December closed

 

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

Education

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Additional Links

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Scheduled Events at New River State Park

Park staff lead regularly scheduled interpretive programs that allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderfully. Learning opportunities are available for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.
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News

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