Alerts and Important Information
Primitive canoe-in only camping is available approximately 1.25-miles down river from Wagoner access. No vehicle access is available. The campsites are by reservation only, small campfires are permitted only in the provided rock fire-rings and campers are required to pack out all trash. There are no toilet facilities at the campsites. Campers are required to dig at least an 8 inch deep cat hole to dispose of waste and pack out used toilet paper. Remove boats from water.
New River State Park River Bend Primitive Canoe-in CampingA reservation is required to camp at River Bend. All campers must check in before arriving at the backcountry site. You may do so one of three ways:
1. You may check in personally, the day of your trip, at the Wagoner Access contact station or the main Visitor Center at Hwy221.
2. You may call the Park’s Visitor Center at 336-982-2597 until 5 pm.
3. After 5 pm you may fill out a check-in form located at the Wagoner’s main canoe access. A box is provided for Overnight Vehicle Registration. Be sure to check box indicating you have a reservation and will be camping at the River Bend primitive campsite.
Canoe landings are natural rock formations and may not be easily recognizable especially during above average river levels. Use map cues, camping symbol signs and GPScoordinates to help identify the campsites. Remove boats from water and secure them.
Camp in designated reserved site only: Sites include A1, A2, B1 and B2. Six people may occupy each site.
Bring water with you. There is no potable water at River Bend primitive campsites.
Alcohol is prohibited. All NC State Park Regulations are enforced.
Pack out all trash including food scraps and used toilet paper. Do not throw cooking grease or any food scraps into the woods. Removing all waste reduces the habituation of wildlife and limits the harassment from raccoons and other large and small mammals.
Dispose of human waste by digging an 8-10 inch cat hole at least 100 feet from the river and 300 ft. from the campsites. Remember to pack out soiled, used toilet paper. Animals may dig up used toilet paper making a mess for future users of the campsites.
Small camp fires are permitted only in provided rock fire-rings. You may use dead and downed wood.
Pull canoes completely out of the water. Flash floods occur without warning and may cause canoes to be carried away or swamped. Please tread lightly especially at canoe landing areas. Shrubby vegetation holds soil in place and prevents erosion.
Please use no trace practices and leave the campground as clean, or cleaner than you found it.
Keep food secure and in hard sided containers or hung out of reach of raccoons and bears.
Black Bears have not posed any threats to campers in the recent past, but be aware of the possibility of an bear encounter, especially in Spring.
Plan your trip to arrive at the campsite at least one hour before sunset.
If you leave a vehicle in a State Park access, fill out the overnight vehicle permit for each vehicle.
Please call the Visitor Center to check out. 336-982-2587. This way we know you are safe.
Call 1 877 722 6762 to Make a Reservation or visit http://www.ncpark.gov
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DIAL 911 or after hours call 336-982-8169
Alcoholic beverages, firearms (including fireworks) and other weapons are prohibited.
Pets are allowed except in park buildings and swim areas, but they must be on a leash no longer than six feet and cannot be left unattended.
Posted quiet hours are enforced. Building fires in undesignated areas is prohibited.
Unlicensed vehicles, motorcycles, golf carts, ATV's and mini-bikes are prohibited with the exception of mobility-aid devices used by a mobility-impaired person. All vehicles are prohibited from walkways, trails and other areas not designated for such purposes.
This area is trash free (Must carry out trash when leaving).
Fishing requires a proper state license. Must occupy assigned site. Accessible by canoe only. Quiet hours are 10 pm to 7 am. North Carolina state park rules and regulations are posted in each park and enforced by rangers. Violating these rules and regulations is a misdemeanor and may result in a fine and revocation of permit. North Carolina state parks are wildlife sanctuaries; no hunting is allowed and collecting plants, minerals and artifacts is prohibited. State fishing regulations are enforced.