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Upcoming Events in New River State Park

  • Upcoming Events in New River State Park

August through early September is a great time of year to enjoy New River State Park, one of the High Country’s natural treasures. 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.


100 Mile Challenge Hike
Need to add a few miles to you log? Join a State Ranger at the Wagoner Access off Highway 88 East for a short hike. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, dress according to the weather for the day and bring water. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge.

For more information about the 100 - mile challenge please go to


Date: Sat, 08/18/2018
Time: 10:00am
Start Location: Wagoner Access - Ranger Station


These animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong unpleasant smell, but should this animal be feared? Join us to learn what make this mammal so unique. 

Date: Sat, 08/18/2018 - 2:00pm
Time: 2:00pm
Start Location: Wagoner Access - Ranger Station

Fishing Tips and Tactics
Meet a Ranger at Wagoner Access Area at 1 pm for a program on Fishing the New River.  Discussion topics include gear and bait choices, boating / river safety, fish species, and licensing requirements.


Date: Sun, 08/19/2018
Time: 1:00pm
Start Location: Wagoner Access Area

Fall HayRide
Come join us for a 1-hour hayride through the state park as we will look for and discuss fall colors and make a stop at the river. Please come dressed for the weather. Space in limited to 20 people/ride, so please call the park office to reserve your spot 336.982.2587.


Date: Sun, 09/02/2018
Time: 1:00pm
Start Location: 221 Access - Visitor Center

Where: New River State Park

358 New River State Park Road

Laurel Springs, NC 28644

For more information, visit: or call 336-982-2587.

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