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New River Scavenger Hunt

July 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am - August 31, 2023 @ 11:30 pm

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25 years ago, on July 30, 1998, President Bill Clinton traveled to the Severt family farm, along the banks of the New as it carves through the lush green mountains of Ashe County in western North Carolina, to designate the New River, along with 14 other rivers in the United States, as an American Heritage River.

The New River Conservancy (NRC), who will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, works every day to protect the waters, woodlands and wildlife of the New River Watershed.  NRC encourages residents in the watershed to appreciate, take care of, and enjoy the New River every day.  With this in mind, they created a scavenger hunt that will surely highlight much of what the watershed has to offer.

Rules for Scavenger Hunt

Fans will take pictures of our scavenger hunt list and post them to social media with the hashtag #NRC25. They must (1) Follow the New River Conservancy page on their respective social media of your choice: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter;  (2) Tag New River Conservancy and (3) Use  the hashtag of #NRC25

Hunt will begin on the 25th Anniversary of the New River named as a National Heritage River on July 30, 2023 and run throughout the month of August, ending on August 31, 2023.

Anyone finding at least 15 will receive a new NRC Stella decal.

Anyone finding all 25 will win a swag bag of NRC merch.

5 Bonus points to anyone sending a video of them kayaking, boating, tubing on the New River.

Photo Hunt List:

  1. Any view of the New River
  2. New River Gorge Bridge, WV
  3. People tubing down the New River or any tributary in the watershed. (Must name body of water)
  4. People boating
  5. People paddle boarding
  6. People fishing from a boat in the New River (Name location in post)
  7. People fishing from the shore of a river or stream
  8. Any state park or national park sign within the watershed
  9. A kayak or canoe paddle
  10. Any trail sign within the watershed
  11. Your picnic on the banks of a river or creek
  12. Toes in the water, sandals not required
  13.  A river cleanup in the watershed
  14.  Cliffs along the New River
  15.  Jackson Ferry Shot Tower
  16.  A biker on a trail within the New River watershed
  17.  A blue heron
  18.  A river otter
  19.  Mary Draper Ingles Statue in Radford, VA
  20.  Personal Floatation Device
  21.  Todd Island Park sign in Todd, NC
  22.  Any waterfall within the New River Watershed (must name location)
  23.  A pet boating with you
  24.  A drybag
  25.  A rainbow

*Contestants agree that New River Conservancy may use images from contest on any and all of their social media sites, website or printed material with photo credit given to photographer/contestant. 


July 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am
August 31, 2023 @ 11:30 pm
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New River Watershed