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New River State Park Events and Programs

  • New River State Park Events and Programs

Enjoy the wonders of New River State Park this winter season. New River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.


Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world.


Animal Signs
We may not always see the animals that live around us but we can see the signs they leave behind. Tracks, nests, holes and scat are all signs that we can learn to match up to our outside neighbors. Join a park ranger for a short presentation and then a 1-mile hike looking for and interpreting animal signs to identify the animals that live in New River State Park.

Meet at the Wagoner Access Office


When: Saturday, 12/15/2018
Time: 1:00pm
Start Location: Wagoner Access Office

Weeds in Winter
Summer and Fall flowers can still be seen during Winter. They just look a little different. Learn how to identify you favorite wildflowers after the bloom is gone. Once you are able to identify the dried stalks of the once colorful flowers, you may agree that there are no weeds in Winter and imagine  only the promise of color next Spring.


Meet at New River State Park's Wagoner Access Office for a short presentation and a 1-mile easy hike.


When: Sunday, 12/16/2018
Time: 1:00pm
Start Location: Wagoner Access Office

Take a First Hike
Start the New Year with some fresh air! Join one of the many "first hikes" in a beautiful North Carolina State Park. Join a park ranger for an informal hike down the Hickory Trail. We will begin at the Park's Visitor Center for a 1.5-mile moderate hike to the river and back to the Visitor Center.  Wear Sturdy shoes and bring water.

When: Tuesday, 1/01/2019
Time: 10:00am
Start Location: US Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center

New River State Park
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs
Phone 336-982-2587

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