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New-River-State-Park is located in the northwestern corner of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Virginia state line. Surrounded by rugged hillsides and peaceful farms and meadows, the New River is thought to be one of the oldest rivers in North America. Dedicated as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976, it's fertile banks are usually covered with wildflowers and its' waters run slow and tranquil. The designated scenic portion of the river is 26.5 miles in length. The State Park covers more than 1,500 acres and provides canoeing, fishing, picnicking, hiking and camping. Canoeing is especially popular in New River State Park, where gentle waters, mild rapids and gorgeous scenery make it a natural for beginners and families with children. However, even more experienced canoeists enjoy the course (with higher water levels usually found in May and June.) Parts of the river are also suitable for tubing at certain times of the year. Fishing is great on the north and south forks of the river, and several hiking trails can be accessed inside the park. The Fern Nature Trail is a one-mile, self-guided hike, and you can add another mile to it by connecting to the Running Cedar Trail. Still other trails provide outstanding views of the river. New River State Park rangers hold regular education and interpretive programs in the park and other special events are often held in the park.

Surrounding areas: Crumpler, North Carolina (5.6 mi), Laurel Springs, North Carolina (10.9 mi), Sparta, North Carolina (11.9 mi), Jefferson, North Carolina (12.8 mi), West Jefferson, North Carolina (14.4 mi), Ennice, North Carolina (18.2 mi), Creston, North Carolina (19.0 mi)

New River State Park Vacation Rentals

New River State Park Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alleghany Inn531 N Main StSparta, NC11.6 mi.(336) 372-2501
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC12.2 mi.(336) 246-8845
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC12.8 mi.(336) 982-4449
Comfort Inn5558 Lee HwyAtkins, VA21.8 mi.(276) 783-2144
Knights Inn312 W Stuart DrGalax, VA23.0 mi.(276) 236-5117
Super 8303 N Main StGalax, VA23.2 mi.(276) 236-5127
Travelodge Glade Spring12412 Maple StGlade Spring, VA29.1 mi.(276) 429-5131
Holiday Inn Express1700 Winkler StWilkesboro, NC29.4 mi.(336) 838-1800
Super 8 Motel130 Nye CirWiytheville, VA29.6 mi.(276) 228-6620
Best Western Wytheville Inn355 Nye RdWytheville, VA29.6 mi.(276) 228-7300
Sleep Inn135 Nye CirWytheville, VA29.6 mi.(276) 625-0667
Super 8 Motel130 Nye CirWytheville, VA29.6 mi.(800) 800-8000
Ramada Inn955 Peppers Fry RdWytheville, VA29.8 mi.(276) 228-6000

New River State Park Weather & Climate

The Northwest Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in season. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 18°F 6.26 in. -
February 44°F 21°F 5.34 in. -
March 52°F 27°F 6.54 in. -
April 61°F 35°F 4.59 in. -
May 69°F 43°F 5.83 in. -
June 75°F 51°F 5.15 in. -
July 79°F 55°F 5.31 in. -
August 78°F 54°F 5.53 in. -
September 72°F 48°F 5.08 in. -
October 62°F 35°F 4.53 in. -
November 53°F 28°F 5.47 in. -
December 44°F 21°F 5.21 in. -

New River State Park Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 26 miles south of New River State Park in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the New River Valley airport (PSK) located approximately 53 miles northeast of New River State Park in Dublin, Virginia, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 56 miles south of New River State Park in Hickory, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located around 60 miles west of New River State Park in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, and finally the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located about 68 miles southeast of New River State Park in Winston - Salem, North Carolina.

New River State Park Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersConcordNC89.9 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC91.8 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC105.0 mi.
Golf Courses
New River Country ClubTwin OaksNC8.7 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC17.2 mi.
Crestview Golf CourseEnniceNC21.1 mi.
Holston Hills Country ClubMarionVA22.0 mi.
Greenstreet Mountain Golf ClubTraphillNC22.4 mi.
Blue Ridge Country ClubGalaxVA23.4 mi.
Deer Creek Golf ParkGalaxVA23.4 mi.
Galax Country ClubGalaxVA23.4 mi.
Scenic View Golf CourseChilhowieVA25.2 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA26.1 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN27.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC39.8 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC41.1 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC41.1 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV72.0 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC85.1 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV96.9 mi.
State Parks
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA10.0 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC13.5 mi. 
Stone Mountain State ParkNC18.9 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC23.7 mi. 
Hungry Mother State ParkVA24.5 mi. 
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC57.3 mi.(Art)
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN59.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN59.7 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA90.8 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC95.5 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC102.9 mi.

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