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Camping at New River State Park

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Overview of New River State Park

New River State Park in North Carolina is a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This park spans along the scenic New River, which is one of the oldest rivers in North America and is famous for its mild currents and a diverse ecosystem. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including camping, paddling, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.

Camping Options

Campground Camping

  • The park has two traditional campgrounds, accessible by vehicle, each with tent/trailer sites: The US 221 Access (Wagoner Access) and the Alleghany Access.
  • Some campgrounds provide RV hookups with varying levels of service.

Paddle-in Camping

  • For those interested in river trips, there are paddle-in campsites available, which are accessible only by canoe or kayak.

Group Camping

  • New River State Park provides primitive group camping areas designed for larger groups.

Backcountry Camping

  • For those seeking a more secluded experience, the park offers hike-in backcountry sites along the New River.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Restrooms: Restrooms with flush toilets and showers are available at developed campgrounds.
  • Picnic Areas: Scenic picnic areas are available throughout the park, providing tables and grills.
  • Visitor Center: The park's visitor center features educational exhibits and is where you can find park information, trail maps, and speak with rangers.
  • Trails: Multiple hiking trails wind through the park showcasing the natural beauty of the New River and its surrounding areas.
  • Boat Access: There are several canoe launches and boat ramps providing access to the river.

Activities and Recreation

  • Paddling: Canoeing, kayaking, and tubing are popular activities, as the New River’s generally gentle flow is ideal for family outings.
  • Fishing: The river is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, including smallmouth bass, redeye bass, and catfish.
  • Hiking: With numerous trails, hikers can explore the park's diverse ecosystems.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Wildlife in the park includes animals like white-tailed deer, raccoons, and a variety of bird species.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campsites must be reserved and paid for in advance.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated areas and must be attended at all times.
  • Alcohol is prohibited throughout the park.
  • Quiet hours are typically enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all visitors.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
  • Removal of natural resources, wildlife, and plants is strictly prohibited.

Reservation and Contact Information

  • Campsites are often in high demand, especially during peak season, so reservations are recommended.
  • Reservations can be made online through the North Carolina State Parks website or by calling the reservation line.
  • For more information, current conditions, or questions, it's best to contact the park directly or visit the state park's website.

Before visiting New River State Park, always check the most current information as rules and available facilities may change. Additionally, it's wise to check weather conditions and water levels if planning on river activities.

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