New River Junction – Flatwater Paddling

New River Junction is a family-owned and operated campground and recreational park located just 13 miles west of Blacksburg, Va., which offers access to the wide, shallow riffles and clear, warm waters of the ancient New River. Aquatic enthusiasts in search of summer refreshment can rent tubes for the whole family (including the cooler) and float down nearly one mile of calm water with an optional 200 yards of exciting rapids at the end. A free shuttle bus takes tubers back to the put-in, allowing for multiple runs from dawn to dusk. Hot-and-ready grills await hungry tubers at Big Falls Park at the tubing take-out, and are perfect for summer evening cookouts. People can usually be seen kayaking and fishing this section of river as well, so bring your poles and paddles. Camping options range from basic tent sites to RV sites with electricity.

What Makes It Great

The ancient New River is the centerpiece of everything at the New River Junction. One of the oldest rivers in the world, the New has sculpted the landscape of the New River Valley for millions of years, creating the verdant forested wonderland that it is today. Take geologic pleasure in knowing that the frothing rapids your tube is bouncing through are created by ancient sandstone ledges that have resisted the relentless forces of time and water—it’s as if the universe conspired to create this natural waterpark just for you (and your cooler, of course)!

Now that we’ve covered the big picture, let’s talk about family-friendly fun. The mile-long stretch of the New that runs through the Junction is nearly 300-yards wide and full of clear water warmed by several tributaries that create mid-summer water temps in the upper 80s. The free shuttle bus service will run you back up so you can run down the river as many times as you can squeeze in a day until the final run at 6 p.m.

When you’re done, enjoy chillin’ and grillin’ on the hot-and-ready grills at Big Falls Park. Grills, charcoal, utensils, and plates are complimentary with your tubing rental—all you need to do is bring the grub. Prefer to take it slow and cast a line? New River Junction is also great for kayaking and fishing access. A full-service campground with basic tent and RV hookups offers much-needed escapes all summer long.

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone who enjoys unloading with a relaxing day on a pristine river will love New River Junction. It’s ideal for families, couples, greenhorn kayakers, anglers, and anyone who wants to escape the rigors of daily life in a convenient and safe environment. Its proximity to Blacksburg makes it ideal for college students who need a break from the books and want to unwind with a few cold ones on a tube float. RVers will enjoy the full hookup service.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

New River Junction is located 13 miles west of Blacksburg. From 460 W, take the second Prices Fork Road exit. Travel 3 miles and turn right onto McCoy Road. Follow McCoy 7 miles to its end, and turn right onto Big Falls Road. The entrance to New River Junction is a half mile on the left.

Day use and camping parking are available. Day use parking is $2 per vehicle.

Please follow all posted rules and regulations, which are available in the office and online.

Written by Dylan Jones for RootsRated in partnership with Southwest Virginia.

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