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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

Management

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Superintendent Kicklighter

The staff at New River Gorge National River, lead by Superintendent Trish Kicklighter, manages three impressive and exciting units of your National Park System;New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area.

New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River offer spectacular scenery and a wealth of recreational opportunities. The diversity of natural and historical resources found in these national park areas is being preserved as part of a larger family of nearly 400 nationally significant places which make up the National Park System.

As one of nearly 300 million visitors to America's national parks, we hope that you not only have a safe and enjoyable visit, but that you also take away a deeper understanding and appreciation of your role as stewards of these special places.

 
rafters running the rapids

Laws & Policies: Check here for park regulations and policies.

 
Superintendent Kicklighter

Our Staff and Offices: Contact information for the park.

Did You Know?

Eastern hellbender

The eastern hellbender is a rare salamander that is found in the Gauley River Gorge. They can reach over two feet and length and weigh up to five pounds. Hellbenders require clean, cool streams with many large rocks scattered on the bottom.