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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia


Louise McLaughlin

New River Gorge National River lies at the core of the largest remaining block of relatively unfragmented, mid-latitude forest in the world.

The gorge section of NRGNR supports the most diverse plant assemblage of any river gorge in the central and southern Appalachians. This is due, in part, to the moisture gradient extremes that exist between the rim and river.

The park provides critical habitat for abundant and diverse breeding populations of migratory birds (including the Cerulean warbler, a species in decline elsewhere in its range)

Also located in the park is the rare Appalachian Flatrock plant community which includes sedges, cedars and pines. This plant assemblage occurs on flat sandstone ledges along the New River and is dependent on the scouring caused by occasional flooding for its long-term integrity.

Check out the Wildflowers Photo Gallery for photos of some of the more common flowers found at New River Gorge.

To view a video of some of the more common wildflowers of New River Gorge, please visit the multimedia page.

Download the Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Checklist.

Download the Plants of Sandstone Visitor Center Checklist.

Download the Plants of Canyon Rim Visitor Center Checklist.

Download the Spring and Early Summer Wildflowers Checklist


Learn about the three members of the heath family that thrive at New River Gorge. more...

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Winter Greenery
Learn about some of the unique plants of New River Gorge that remain green through the winter. more...


Invasive Species
Learn more about the invasive species that threaten ecosystems in the park. more...

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