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New River Gorge National River

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Overview

Established in 1978, New River Gorge National River is home to the spectacular landscape carved by the New River which is among the oldest rivers in the world. The park, which spans over 70,000 acres, stretches 53 miles along the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. A rugged, whitewater river, the New River has carved and continues to carve the longest and deepest river gorge in the Appalachian Mountains. The park is home to a varied and beautiful woodland surrounding the river that is rich in natural history and offers a variety of scenic and recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

To learn more about New River Gorge National River, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Hours of operation for certain visitor centers vary by season. To see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.
  • Canyon Rim Visitor Center: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
  • Sandstone Visitor Center: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
  • Thurmond Depot Visitor Center: Open daily June through August from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Grandview Visitor Center: Open daily June through August from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

New River Gorge National River is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The weather in the Appalachian Mountains can be unpredictable, and visitors are advised to be prepared for the possibility of sudden storms. The mountains are typically wetter and cooler than the surrounding area.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for New River Gorge National River.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
The park offers a choice of seven primitive campgrounds, most of which are located near the river. All sites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not accepted. There are no fees for camping and stays are limited to 14 days in the same campground. For more information on camping in the park, click here.

  • Stone Cliff Beach: Six walk-in and one vehicle site.
  • Army Camp: Eleven drive-in tent and RV sites.
  • Grandview Sandbar: Ten sites for tents and small-medium sized RVs, six walk-in tents sites, and two accessible sites (with handicapped permit displayed).
  • Glade Creek: Six walk-in tent sites and five drive-in sites for tents or small-medium RVs. One accessible site (with handicapped permit displayed).
  • War Ridge/Backus Mountain: Eight drive-in sites for tents or small RVs.
  • Brooklyn: Four walk-in sites and one drive-in site for tents only.
  • Thayer: Tent sites only.

Backcountry Camping:
Backcountry camping is permitted in areas adjacent to trails such as Glade Creek, Brooklyn-Southside Junction, and Stone Cliff trails. Other sites are along the river, accessible by boat. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of developed trails and at Grandview, Brookside Island, day-use areas, and within Bluestone National Scenic River.

Lodging:
There is no lodging within the park, but visitors looking to extend their stay nearby have their choice of cabins, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the nearby towns of Hawk's Nest, Pipestem Resort State Parks, Babcock, and Bluestone. For a listing of accommodations, call the West Virginia Division of Tourism at 1-800-CALLWVA, the Southern West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-VISITWV, or the New River CVB at 1-800-927-0263.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or food vendors located within the park. Visitors should come prepared with the necessary food and drink for their stay. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns outside of the park.

Other Activities

New River Gorge National River is renowned for its excellent variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you are interested in hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting, bird watching, camping, picnicking, or just taking in the stunning scenery, the park has something for everyone to enjoy. Commercial outfitters conduct trips down the river from April through October. The upper part of the river offers somewhat less challenging Class I to Class III rapids for whitewater canoeing. The Lower Gorge of the New River is a premier whitewater rafting location with rugged rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V. Also be sure to check out the great opportunities for rock climbing and mountain biking in the area.

Gems in New River Gorge National River - 3

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gem Favorite Beautiful fall day!

Long Point Overlook

(18) Fayette…, WV
gem Favorite Just a fraction of Sandstone Falls.

Sandstone Falls

(8) Hinton, WV
gem Favorite Nuttallburg coal chute.

Nuttallburg

(6) Fayette…, WV

Recommended Routes in New River Gorge National River - 4

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Favorite Gorg view of new river from the Grandview Overlook
Intermediate

Grandview Rim Loop

3.2 mi 5.1 km 420' Up 127.96 m Up 420' Down 127.93 m Down

Stanaford, WV
Favorite Beautiful easy trail, wildflowers, river views, birds.  Very enjoyable.
Easy

Sandstone Falls Loop

1.1 mi 1.7 km 31' Up 9.42 m Up 31' Down 9.4 m Down

Hinton, WV
Favorite Rhododendron bushes line the trail at the start of the hike.
Intermediate

Little Bear State Park Loop

6.0 mi 9.7 km 374' Up 113.94 m Up 374' Down 113.95 m Down

Daniels, WV
Favorite 800 steps down.
Difficult

Rim to River 100

102.1 mi 164.4 km 9,751' Up 2972.06 m Up 9,752' Down 2972.51 m Down

Oak Hill, WV

New River Gorge National River Running

  • 186 Miles 299 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 16 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 27 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 8 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within New River Gorge National River

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Trails in New River Gorge National River - 47

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0.7 mi 1.1 km #1Beaver Creek Trail
Easy
Daniels, WV
Easy
Daniels, WV
0.4 mi 0.7 km #2Creek Bed
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
0.7 mi 1.1 km #3Deer Trail
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
2.5 mi 4.1 km #4Laurel Creek
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
1.4 mi 2.2 km #5Weaver Way
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
2.0 mi 3.3 km #6Nature Ridge
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Triple Creek Trail
Intermediate
Oak Hill, WV
Intermediate
Oak Hill, WV
1.8 mi 2.9 km #8Wilderness Trail
Intermediate
Rainelle, WV
Intermediate
Rainelle, WV
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Island in the Sky Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Rainelle, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
Rainelle, WV
1.6 mi 2.5 km #10Lake View Trail
Intermediate
Rainelle, WV
Intermediate
Rainelle, WV

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800 steps down.
Aug 1, 2016 near Fayette…, WV
Great for hiking, running or biking.
Jul 26, 2021 near Oak Hill, WV
Boardwalk built over old railroad trestle.
Jul 26, 2021 near Oak Hill, WV
Abandoned rail lines
Jul 26, 2021 near Oak Hill, WV
View from the trail
Jun 15, 2022 near Fayette…, WV
View from the trail
Jun 15, 2022 near Fayette…, WV
View from the trail
Jun 15, 2022 near Fayette…, WV
View from the trail
Jun 15, 2022 near Fayette…, WV