• sun setting over the gorge

    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 »

Peregrine Falcon 2006

Young peregrine chicks in hack box

Young peregrine chicks inside hack box.

In 2006, 15 nestling peregrine falcons were released over the course of three separate release events or hacks. Following release, only one falcon vacated the general hack area or postfledging area (PFA) in less than the recommended threshold of 14 days. This two week criteria is used because it is a critical period when the juvenile falcons are highly susceptible to mortality from other birds of prey, etc. The release success exhibited at NERI of nearly 94% may have been the highest documented for hacked peregrine falcons since national recovery efforts were initiated in the 1970s.

Read the 2006 Peregrine Report.

Did You Know?

Historic Logging Railroad at Garden Ground

The New River Gorge was logged extensively thoughout the past century. The landscape is now recovering, with the park ecosystem returning to its more natural state, but there are still plenty of signs of the past activities.