• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »

Mill Creek and the Harrah Farm

Harrah Farm

At one time subsistence farms were commonplace on bottomlands and upland benches along the New River Corridor. People hunted, fished, gathered food, raised livestock, and farmed these areas to supply their basic necessities. Excess fruits, vegetables, eggs, and livestock were sold to purchase the family's other needs. These farms were an important aspect of economics throughout the centuries prior to and after the Industrial Revolution.

Mill Creek and the Harrah Farm was a subsistence farm area that was active until the late 1980s. The Harrah homestead was strategically positioned on a flat, fertile area beside Mill Creek, a once major route from Grandview Top to Grandview Bottom. As early as the 1800s, this area was used by settlers along the New River. The Harrah families were the last residents.

Did You Know?

Ranger and children at park overlook

Over one million visitors come to New River Gorge National River each year. Park rangers assist visitors and help them better understand the park and the park resources.