• rafters paddling through whitewater

    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

For Kids

National parks are places for people of all ages- those who are young in years and those who are young at heart!

Don't let your parents have all of the fun. Ask your parents to stop by one of the visitor centers at nearby New River Gorge National River, talk to a park ranger and find out if there are any special activities planned for kids.

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Junior Ranger Program: Do you like to have fun? Would you like to learn more about your national river? Participating in the Junior Ranger program is a great way to have fun and learn what makes this park so special. Stop by the visitor center at nearby New River Gorge National River to get your junior ranger booklet. more...
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Kids of all ages can become a WebRanger online. Explore, learn about, and protect our national parks by completing fun web activities: design your own ranger station, explore parks, and collect virtual junior ranger badges. more…

Did You Know?

Raft at Sweets Falls

This first big rapid on the Lower Gauley became known as Mash during an early 1970's descent when a boater named Sam Martin mashed his hand while running this rapid for the first time.