New River, Jefferson

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New River State Park is a North Carolina state park in Ashe County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Jefferson, North Carolina, it covers 2,911acre in the protected New River watershed. The New River is, ironically, one of the oldest rivers in the United States. It is considered by some geologists to be possibly one of the oldest rivers in the world, between 10 million and 360 million years old. New River State Park is open for year-round recreation, including canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, camping and environmental education. The park is just off U.S. Route 221 in northwestern North Carolina.
The New River is one of the oldest rivers in the United States and possibly in the world, with only the Nile River being older. The exact age of the river is impossible to pinpoint, but some geologists believe that it is between 10 million and 360 million years old. The river flows in a generally south-to-north course, which is against the southwest-to-northeast topology of the Appalachian Mountains and the west-to-east flow of most other nearby major rivers. This peculiarity may mean that the New River's formation preceded much of the surrounding landscape. Put New River on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Jefferson tour itinerary tool.
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  • Lovely state park, easy walk along the New River, gentle trails through the forest. I haven't stayed at the camp grounds, but they don't appear to be the greatest. 
    Lovely state park, easy walk along the New River, gentle trails through the forest. I haven't stayed at the camp grounds, but they don't appear to be the greatest.  more »
  • We rented a cabin in Canawhay Subdivision that is on the Wagoner Access to the New River State Park. This made visits to the Park convenient. We thoroughly enjoyed the Running Cedar Trail and the... 
    We rented a cabin in Canawhay Subdivision that is on the Wagoner Access to the New River State Park. This made visits to the Park convenient. We thoroughly enjoyed the Running Cedar Trail and the...  more »

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