New River

The New River is an ancient river system, the oldest on the North American continent and second only to the Nile River in Africa as the oldest river in the world.  Over 20 miles of the New River flows through Montgomery County, Virginia, offering spectacular views of untamed mountain scenery complete with craggy rock cliffs and magnificent gorges.  Big Fall, a Class III rapid (pictured), is also located along the New River in Montgomery County.  The river is great for fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

The New River supports outstanding populations of just about every major freshwater game fish in the state: smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, striped bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, walleye, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, redbreast sunfish, and bluegill.

New River Junction:

New River Junction is located about a mile up stream from Big Falls, a Class III Rapid.  Company specializes in tube rentals. Take a leisurely float down the New River and enjoy the thrill of the rapids.  Tube rental includes shuttle bus service back and forth between New River Junction (start point) and Big Fall Park (end point).  Canoes and kayaks can also launch from New River Junction, but must pay a nominal usage fee.  This includes use of the shuttle bus.

Big Falls Park, which is owned and operated by New River Junction, is located at the Big Fall rapids and offers picnic tables and grils.  Patrons may use the park but are required to park at New River Junction and pay a nominal fee. This includes the use of the shuttle bus to and from Big Fall Park.

Boat Launches:


Blue Ridge Country magazine, Outdoor Bucket List

  • "Best Tubing" - New River Junction (2010)
  • "Best Canoeing & Kayaking" - New River (2010)

Blue Ridge Country magazine, Best of the Mountains awards

  • "Best Canoeing River" - Platinum award (2013)
  • "Best Fishing River" - Platinum award (2013) 

Maps & Directions

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