NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. New River Gorge National River is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



  • Adventuring The Gorge

    A raft coming through whitewater rapids with a bridge in the background.

    Join NPS Rangers Kirsten Minor and Julie Bugg for a video introduction to whitewater rafting, mountain biking and rock climbing at New River Gorge National River. Read more

  • Be The Digital Scavenger

    One of the clues in the Digital Scavenger Hunt.

    Got an iPhone or iPad? Download a free app at and go on a digital quest for historic features at New River Gorge. You'll probably see things you've never noticed before and learn more about the history of coal mining, railroading and other aspects of the park's rich cultural past. Remember to leave no trace of your travels! Hunt Codes for the two historic scavenger hunts are 1) Hidden History Hunt: 7J5IzCEcUY 2) Hidden History Hunt Bonus Round: bemzt04Mrd Read more

Call to Action Projects 

  • Class of 2016

    Teenage boy rappels down a cliff face

    In 2012, New River Gorge National River adopted 30 students from a nearby middle school. Currently, these 9th grade students are participating in education programs, service learning projects, and recreation adventures that will teach them about the National Park Service, New River Gorge National River, and their local community. The program is also designed to enable students learn about career opportunities and to develop leadership and communication skills. Read more

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