Recognized as the “second oldest river in the world” and estimated to be between 10 and 360 million
Headwaters begin near Blowing Rock, NC.
One of the few rivers in North America that flows northerly.
Designated one of the very first American Heritage Rivers in 1998.
Length: 320 Miles
The origins of the name are unclear.
Possibilities include being a new river that was not on the Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia, an Indian name meaning "new waters", or the surname of an early settler.
Despite its name, the New River is one of the five oldest rivers in the world geologically.