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    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 »

For Kids

ranger with kids

New River Gorge National River is a place 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 park visitor centers, talk to a park ranger and find out if there are any special activities planned for kids. Tell them you want to become a Junior Ranger!

Junior Ranger badge

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. more...

Junior Ranger logo
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…

Student artwork

student artwork by Kaitlin Phipps

Youth Arts in the Parks:
Has nature ever inspired you to do something creative? Local students can celebrate their creativity through the Youth Arts in the Parks program. This youth art contest and April art exhibition at Tamarack allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works will inspire community connections to local ecology, as well as outdoor stewardship. Student participants in this art program will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development. more...

high school students paddling on the river

Rangers in Training students enjoy a day paddling down the New River.

Rangers in Training
Rangers in Training is a free program that gives local high school students an opportunity to discover and enjoy some of the history, nature and recreation that New River Gorge National River has to offer. Participants will hike trails, white-water raft, fish, rock climb, and discover some of the natural and cultural history of the gorge as they learn about how National Park Service rangers care for America's special places.

For more information check out our Rangers in Training page.

ranger and students examine aquatic organisms

Students learn about water quality with a ranger.

Science Youth Nature Camp:
SYNCing Youth With Nature is a day camp that engages 5th and 6th grade students in a series of hands-on activities to explore and learn about the natural world. The three day camp will be offered on two different occasions. Students can sign up for April 15, 16, and 17 (spring break) or June 17, 18, and 19 (summer). more…

Did You Know?

AMTRAK train at Thurmond, WV

You can "catch a train" to visit the park! The AMTRAK Cardinal travels through New River Gorge on its route from New York, NY to Chicago, IL.