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Mountains - Western Region
New River State Park
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Contest EntryNew River Trail State ParkChestnut Creek along the New River Trail in Galax, Virginia
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, North Carolina   28644
(lat:36.4618 lon:-81.3387)

Phone: 336-982-2587
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 spotsWagoner Road access and US 221 access. Both offer walk-in camping a few hundred feet from parking areas and both offer paddling access. RV camping is available at U.S. 221 access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at multiple access areas along the river.
Nature of the Area
In order to protect this historic river and the scenic area surrounding it, the North Carolina General Assembly, on May 26, 1975, declared the 26.5-mile stretch of the river from its confluence with Dog Creek to the Virginia state line a State Scenic River. In April, 1976, the Secretary of the Interior designated the same portion of the river as a part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. This action was reaffirmed by an act of Congress, and construction of the dam and reservoirs was prohibited. Thus, the New River was preserved and a state park established along its scenic corridor.
History of the Area
The New River is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America. It existed before the mountains through which it now passes and, for millions of years, its waters have followed essentially the same course. Many stretches of the New flow through remote countryside not easily accessible by road or trail. The designated scenic segment of the river, 26.5 miles in length, includes 22 miles of the South Fork downstream to its confluence with the North Fork and 4.5 miles of the main stem of the river north to the Virginia line.
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Triple E Riding Stables - Glade Valley, NC
Horseback Riding
Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, valley views along Bull Head Mountain, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Also offering overnight camping trips with breakfast prepared the next morning. Call for reservations.
4.7 miles from park*

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Area Campgrounds
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RiverCamp USA
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Area Cabins and Lodges
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200 Raven Rd
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(336) 359-2572
Jefferson Landing
Highway 16/88
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(336) 982-4449

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