This park along the headwaters of the New River is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, and enjoying nature along the walking trail. Currently there is only a short path along the river, but eventually the path will become a part of the Middle Fork Greenway - a trail connecting Boone to Blowing Rock along the Middle Fork of the New River. Directions from Boone - travel about one mile south toward Blowing Rock on Highway 321 and turn right onto Payne Branch Rd. In a few hundred feet you will see a few gravel parking spots on the RIGHT side of the road before a very large rock. Please be sure to park off the road.