New River State Park Expands 270 Acres (2018-12-27 16:02:58)

New River State Park expanded about 270 acres after receiving a $1.8 million Christmas gift from New River Conservancy.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the gift helped finalized the purchase of the Elk Shoals property in West Jefferson.

According to the report, New River Conservancy received the money from two state grants and about 100 private local business and individual donors.

Work will now begin to expand and improve the Elk Shoals property by demolishing old buildings, repurposing usable buildings, adding signage, fixing campgrounds and more.

New River State Park has applied for more staffing and funding to help with the improvements.