A River Runs Through It

A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

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Features

Thurmond buildings and railroad tracks

Hidden History Weekend

Join us for Hidden History Weekend: September 25-27, 2015. Join park rangers to explore the rich sites and stories of our diverse cultural history.

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Hidden History Photo Contest

Check out the winning photos from the 2015 Hidden History Photo Contest!

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living history interpreter portrays an 18th century Woodland Indian

History Comes Alive

Join living history interpreters as they demonstrate 18th century Woodland Indian survival techniques. September 5, 2015.

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Ranger works on art project with students

Youth Arts in the Parks 2015 History Festival

6th – 8th grade teachers – join us for a free field trip to Thurmond to learn about the history of New River Gorge through artistic expression.

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Join the Conversation

New River Gorge National River is on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube. Keep up with events and join the conversation.

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Ranger-led Programs

The park offers several ranger-led programs and hikes. See what is happening in your national park.

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Try out our new smart phone app!

Trying to find your way around the park? Our new smartphone app can help.

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Volunteer In Parks

We are currently looking for volunteers for positions in 2015. Learn about ways you can help support your park.

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whitewater rafters on the New River

Whitewater

Check out our whitewater page for information on rafting, water levels, and river safety.

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