Located in the north-western corner of North Carolina, many drive past this hidden gem on the way to the more popular Blue Ridge Mountains. Easily accessible from Roanoke, VA and Greensboro, NC, New River State Park is the perfect getaway from the big cities.
Despite its name, the New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in North America. In fact, many claim that the river actually existed before the surrounding mountains and has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. As a result, this stunning landscape provides visitors and vacationers not only with stunning vistas but also a rich cultural heritage to discover.
When you book an RV rental in New River State Park today, you will discover a myriad of recreational opportunities that exist on this historical river. Whether you enjoy hiking in the mountains or spending time on the water, this park provides the perfect base to explore the New River.
With the historic river as the centerpiece of this 2,000-acre site, it comes to no surprise that New River State Park is best explored by canoe. Its slow-flowing waters mean that even a novice canoe-goer will be able to navigate their way past the grassy hillsides, meadows of wildflowers and rural farmland. Although ideal for beginners, the canoe trail is often frequented by even the most experienced paddlers, who come to enjoy the view. At several points along the river, streams merge to form gentle but exciting rapids, which only add to the experience. Either bring your own canoe or rent one from one of the touts in town!
If you prefer to stay on dry land, consider trying one of the many hiking trails in the area. From riverside hiking to mountain trails, there is something to suit everyone here. The Dog Wood Trail is one of the shortest trails in the park and offers hikers the chance to get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna. This paved trail, at just half a mile long, is suitable for families with strollers and is ADA-accessible. Look out for the resident white-tailed deer that live here all year round or the black bears that make the odd appearance. For a slightly more challenging hike, try the Hickory Trail that winds along the river and through the dense oak forest.
Motorhome rental in New River State Park has also become popular among fishing enthusiasts. Two rivers, the North and South Fork, flow from the Blue Ridge Mountains to form the New River. As a result, there are a number of different species of fish that live in these waters. Head downstream of the South Fork to catch some muskellunge or deep into the North Fork for some of the best red bass fishing in the region. Locals swear by fly-fishing for the most fruitful catches, although spin fishing is also possible here.
Camping at New River State Park
Unfortunately, RV camping in New River State Park is limited as they primarily cater to primitive tent camping that is accessible by boat and canoe only. The US 221 campground has around twenty campsites that can accommodate a rental RV, ten of which have full hookup facilities! If you don’t manage to bag one of the serviced pitches, don’t worry, there are clean and modern bathroom facilities on site too. Within walking access to the boat ramp, consider staying here if you are keen to do some canoeing on the river.
Alternatively, there are some campgrounds nearby, ideal for parking up your RV rental. Follow the road upstream for around twenty minutes, and you will find a campground with all the conveniences a traveler could need at the River Camp USA. If their witty slogan ‘Home Is Where We Park It’ doesn’t draw you in, the beautiful setting and ample amenities will. Every site has full hook-up facilities, as well as a laundry room, canoe rental facilities and delicious nearby eateries.
Exploring the Area
Rent an RV here not only to experience the great outdoors but also to visit some of the nearby sightseeing attractions in the area.
Located around a twenty-minute drive from the New River State Park is the Mountain Farm Museum, a must-see for any history buffs camping with an RV nearby. The farm consists of a collection of historical buildings, all originally built in the Smoky Mountains during the late 19th century. Here, they proudly stand together to demonstrate what a typical mountain farm would have looked like a century ago. Take a guided tour or pick up one of the leaflets from the visitors center to make the most out of your visit. If you happen to be visiting during summer, try to coincide your visit with one of the live demonstrations that really brings the historical farm to life.
The Ashe Cheese County Shop in Jefferson is a must visit for any foodies who are RV camping at the state park. This factory claims to be North Carolina’s oldest cheese plant having produced quality cheese since 1930. Take time to browse the deli counter, taking advantage of the free samples that the friendly staff hand out. Once you have bought (probably too much) cheese, make your way to the small viewing room. Here, visitors can see exactly how this delicious cheese is being made!
Whilst in the area, why not check out the Ashe County Arts Center, just around the corner from the cheese shop. This small gallery provides local artists with a space to express themselves and sell some of their unique pieces. With exhibitions changing every six weeks, there is always something new and interesting to learn about here. If you are in town for a few days, why not sign up to one of the lecture or workshops that the gallery organizes, and end your getaway on a high.