Situated in Ashe County, North Carolina, New River State Park offers 2,911 acres of natural scenery and outdoor fun. New River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976, and it winds its merry way through the park and some spectacular mountain scenery.
For many visitors to the area, the best way to enjoy New River State Park is out on the water. The shallow, gentle waters and mild rapids on offer make this a great river for beginner paddlers, and kayakers and canoeists frequent the park at many times of the year. Fishing the New River is another popular pastime, with some of the best smallmouth and redeye bass fishing in the region on offer.
If you don't fancy any aquatic activities, why not explore one of several hiking trails that wind their way through the park? This will give you the perfect chance to explore the scenery and maybe spot some of the abundant native wildlife.
Each of the park's four access areas also provides a picnic area, with grills available in a number of locations. If you're planning on staying for one night, or maybe longer, all park access areas include a paddle-in primitive campground with tables and grills. Walk-in camping is available at two sites, while the US 221 access area is also equipped to handle trailers and RVs.
Throughout North Carolina, pets are permitted in state parks as long as they're kept on a leash of no longer than six feet and they are under their owner's control at all times. Your pet will need to be confined to your vehicle or tent during quiet hours, and your pooch won't be allowed in any swimming areas. As always, show courtesy to other park users and remember to clean up after your dog.
If you follow the rules, you and your four-legged friend will be free to enjoy a safe, relaxing, and memorable getaway.