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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 »

People

historic photos of miners at Kaymoor mine entrance
 

The story of New River Gorge is the combined stories of the many people who lived and died here. Each left something behind that contributes to the rich cultural history of this unique place.

 
historic photo of Mother Jones

Mother Jones: The "Miner's Angel" who spent much of her life fighting for the fair treatment of coal miners. more...

 
Beury Monument

Joseph Beury: Colonel Joseph Beury established the town of Quinnimont and was the operator of the first coal mine in the New River Gorge. more...

 
historic photo of cabin
Mary Draper Ingles: The story of Mary Draper Ingles' capture by the Shawnees and subsequent journey to freedom along the New River is one of the great stories of survival and endurance. more...




 
historic photo of Carter G, Woodson

Carter G. Woodson: Carter G Woodson, the "Father of Black History," began his career, and gained inspiration for his pioneering work, in the New River Gorge coalfields. more...

 
historic photo of John Nuttall

John Nuttall: John Nuttall founded the coal town of Nuttallburg, one of almost 50 coal towns in New River Gorge, and today one of the most complete coal related sites in the country. 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.