Great state park up in the mountains: small, clean, well kept and VERY friendly staff. One thing you need to be aware of is that some of the sites that have electric are constructed backwards, meaning that the picnic table, fire pit, tent pad, etc are on the "driver-side" so if you have a trailer that can be an issue. We camped at New River State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $25.00
New River is a beautiful little state park in the mountains, about 15 minutes from the quaint little town of West Jefferson. The park is small, with only about 20 total sites. A limited number of sites have full hookups and are big rig friendly. I had no problem with a long bed truck towing a 39' fifth wheel. The approaches to the park on 221 are also big rig friendly, though going slow is recommended the last few miles from Jefferson northbound on US 221.
The park has about 3 miles of very nice hiking trails, as well as a canoe launch and some day use areas along the New River. Very scenic. There is also a small museum and interpretive center at the park office that is worth a visit. The facilities are all in great shape and the bathhouse was immaculate (and heated!).
Plan to visit West Jefferson's downtown area for shopping and a number of eateries, including a nice brew pub. Also, the drive up Mt Jefferson is well worth it for some gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A bit longer drive (one hour) will get you to Stone Mountain State Park, which is also a must see.
Overall, this is a great little park if you are looking for somewhere to just unwind and maybe do a little bit of hiking and sightseeing. We camped at New River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $25.00
This campground is fairly new and the trees planted have just started to grow. This will be a very nice campground when it has some age on it. Some sites have full hook ups and others have water and power only with an easy to get to, dump station. Not a whole lot to do in the area as far as shopping etc., but that is not my thing lots of site seeing the country side and tubbing the river. We had a very nice stay quiet nights. The roads are driveable just be careful lots of curves not many inclines or down slopes. I pull a 30 footer with a four door, long bed dully and had no problems with roads or the campground. We camped at New River State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $18.00
Beautiful park at 3000' elevation. Only 12 miles from West Jefferson where there is a WalMart, Lowes, and other grocery stores. All sites have electric, but water and sewer only at a few sites. The NC Parks website indicates facilities by site. We stayed a week and plan to go back. Price reflects a senior discount. Highway 221 is narrow and many curves, so slow is the way to go. We camped at New River State Park in a Motorhome.
While we toured the RV campground (very nice), we stayed in the tenting area along the New River. The facilities were cleaned twice each day and were very well maintained. The staff, rangers, and volunteers were very friendly and visible throughout our visit. The site was large with privacy from neighboring sites. There was a 200 yard walk to the tent sites, but wheelbarrows were provided to haul gear. The visitor center had a nice informational display and movie. The sites had direct access to the New River. This was one of the cleanest rivers I have ever visited! We stayed with another family and the children had a great time, as did the adults. While we were there, the blackberries were available for picking and we had a wonderful cobbler. Overall, we highly recommend New River State Park at the 221 Access. We camped at New River State Park in a Tent.