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May Hikes in New River State Park

  • May Hikes in New River State Park

Spring has sprung and hiking season is upon us. Head over to New River State Park and take a hike!

The New River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976 and it wildly winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road Access and US 221 Access. Both offer walk-in camping a few hundred feet from parking areas and both offer paddling access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at downstream access areas. Brief trips or multi-day excursions can be arranged with private outfitters or careful planning if visitors bring kayaks or canoes. It’s easy to combine paddling, camping, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. A visitor center with exhibit hall complements interpretive programs on the river’s history and ecology, and a community building can be rented for family or group gatherings.

Wildflower Hike

Join a Ranger for a nature hike to identify and discuss the NC mountain flower blooms of early spring. This hike will be about 1.5 miles long and will take place on trails that are easy to moderate for the average person. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, dress according to the weather for the day and bring water.

Hike Length and Difficulty: Moderate
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location: US Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

Tree Identification

Join a Ranger at the Wagoner Access for a short hike to learn more about the tress in the New River State Park.

Hike Length and Difficulty: Moderate
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location: Wagoner Access - Ranger Station

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