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 »
Students learn that the New River is very powerful and has many potential hazards. Students understand that the best way to enjoy the river is with safety and respect. Students learn some basic water safety tips, accident prevention, and simple and appropriate emergency responses. Students will be involved in hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, and videos.
Burnwood, Canyon Rim, Glade Creek, Sandstone Falls, and Thurmond
1st – 8th
ThemeSafe use of water resources is essential at New River Gorge National River.
1. Name three hazardous characteristics of the river and identify potentially hazardous situations
2. List reason reasons why PFDs (personal flotation devices) should be worn
3. State and demonstrate two ways to rescue someone in trouble
Life Jackets Save Lives
A Water Safety K_W_L Chart
Longfellow’s Whale Tales
The River Safety Game
Two Truths and a Fib
Did You Know?
One day each year, hundreds of BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumpers come to New River Gorge to parachute from the New River Gorge Bridge.