North Carolina and all of her natural wonders (see 15 of them here) has a tendency to leave even lifelong residents in awe of the incredible sights and landmark treasures found here at home in the Tar Heel State. One of them, the scenic New River, has an esteemed place among all of the rivers in the world. Geographically speaking, the New River is one of the oldest rivers on earth.

The New River forms from the confluence of the South Fork New River and the North Fork New River which meet in Ashe County. It’s approximately 320 miles long and flows through Virginia and into West Virginia. And ideal place to enjoy a day on the New River in North Carolina is at the New River State Park located in Laurel Springs. The park is open year-round with free admission. The address is 358 New River State Park Rd., Laurel Springs, NC 28644; however, there are several other points of access. See a list of those and get more information about the park at this link on the official website of North Carolina State Parks.

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