Attention area campers – River Junction has opened!

Anthony Barnes at his River Junction store (Photo by Linda Williams)

Campers and lovers of the New River will be pleased to learn that River Junction Campground and Canoeing has now opened in Wythe County.

Featuring a serene location and easy access to the waters of the New, River Junction promises to make camping, canoeing and tubing among the easiest and most pleasant experiences around.

River Junction was opened Memorial Day weekend at 2257 Reed Creek Drive by owner Anthony Barnes. He is hopeful that River Junction will become a place for families and friends to re-connect around the fun activities that River Junction offers.

“I was born and raised in this community, and I love the New River,” said Barnes, who many know as the Maintenance Superintendent for Pulaski County VDOT.  “I’ve had a lot of good times on the river.”

“There aren’t many ways to access the river.  That is one of the main reasons I wanted to develop this type of business. I want everyone who has a love for the New River like I do to have a safe and easily accessible point of entry to the river,” added Barnes. “I want people to be able to fish, play and enjoy the river like I did and do today.”

According to Barnes, it took him a year and a half to get all of the necessary permits from Wythe County to begin development.  The campground is located on almost 5 acres and located on pleasantly flat, well maintained land, near where Reed Creek flows into the New River. “We are located 1 mile from Rt. 100, and 5 miles from I-81,” said Barnes.

River Junction offers 12 RV sites with water and electricity with 50 AMP and 30 AMP and 110 service. All sites have a great view of the New River. The cost to rent an RV site is $40 per night.

River Junction also offers 5 primitive camp sites with access to water and a picnic table on each site. Primitive camp sites are beautifully located directly along the banks of the New River. A more pleasant place to camp would be hard to find. Sites are $10 per night with 4 tents to one site. If there are over 4 in your party add $2 per person per night.

Available too, are two vintage campers that Barnes has restored which are available for rental as well. A 1963 Mallard, that sleeps 4, and a 1968 Ace that sleeps 4 adults and two children. Rental for those is $80 per night, with a break of $150 for two nights.

A spacious family oriented shower house, that is completely handicapped accessible, is available for making bathing quick and easy for everyone. Laundry facilities are available for use as well.

“We offer canoe, kayak and tube rental with shuttle service,” offered Barnes. Canoe rental is $40 with free shuttle with stay’ Kayak rental  is $35; River tube rental is $10; Port / launch / non-camper fees are $5, and shuttle service / non-camper is $10

“We run four shuttle trips,” Barnes said. Those four being Austinville to Foster Falls; Foster Falls to River Junction;  River Junction to Rt. 100 Bridge and River Junction to Allisonia.

“Also, if anyone would like to camp with us, they can bring their own canoe, kayak, tubes or equipment and get one free shuttle,” said Barnes.

Barnes hasn’t left the fishermen out. Non-campers can fish from the bank of the New River all day for $5 per person. River Junction also offers a yearly pass for $40 to Muskie fishermen to port and launch their boats all year, even when the campground is closed for the season.

A small store is onsite where firewood, charcoal, some tackle, drinks and snacks are offered. “We plan on adding more inventory to the store as we go along. We will see what the needs are,” said Barnes who notes he plans to add ice and propane soon.  “We will be adding a volleyball court and horseshoes, as well,” said Barnes.

“This is a family run campground, we encourage you to bring your family and friends and even your pets, but they must be kept on a leash. This is not a party campground. Come enjoy the river I know and love and enjoy the charm of this special place,” said Barnes.

River Junction Campground & Canoeing is closed December 1 through May 1. River Junction takes credit cards and cash.

Barnes is the father to 13-year-old daughter, Olivia who is very excited about what her Dad is doing on the New River.

For more information or to make your reservations, call River Junction Campground & Canoeing at 276-620-1374 or email: riverjunctioncampground@yahoo.com or follow on facebook.com/ riverjunctioncampground. If you are the 500th person to like River Junction on Facebook you will win a free night’s stay at the River Junction.

-By LINDA WILLIAMS

The Patriot