A river running through Appalachia, particularly the states of North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia.

The New River has been dated as the second oldest river in the world, and one of the few rivers that runs north. State and Federal parks, biking trails, and campgrounds dot the shores of the New River along its entire length. The headwaters of the river are in North Carolina.

It has been named an American Heritage River.

A history of the New River has been written by Noah Adams entitled Far Appalachia: Following the New River North.