• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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  • Portions of Rend Trail closed for Bridge Repairs

    Portions of the Rend Trail, formerly known as the Thurmond Minden Trail, will be closed effective immediately due to safety concerns. More »

  • River Detours and Closures at the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge

    The WV Department of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration is replacing the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge on Route 41 in the town of Prince. Construction will require temporary full river traffic closures and long term river detours. More »

Be A Junior Ranger

boy holding junior ranger patch and certificate

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.

It is easy to get started, just stop by any visitor center and ask a park ranger for a Junior Ranger Activity book! Once you have your book there are a few requirements you must meet in order to complete the program and earn a cool New River Gorge National River Junior Ranger badge! The next step is to complete the required number of activities in the Junior Ranger book. Ask a ranger to check your book when you are done.

When you have finished all of the requirements you will receive an official New River Gorge Junior Ranger badge and certificate. Now you can go and share what you have learned about New River Gorge and the National Park System with all of your family and friends!

Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.