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 »
Berwind Land Company Sells 558 Acres to NPS
"This is one of the largest blocks of land sold to the National Park Service (NPS) in the past decade," announced Don Striker, Superintendent of New River Gorge National River (NRGNR). "We are extremely pleased to see this property added to the public domain."
Located on the plateau just south of Kaymoor Top and east of Gatewood Road (near Fayetteville, WV), the property also borders the rim of the New River Gorge. The Berwind tract brings the total of public lands within NRGNR to about 52,750 acres, where public facilities are provided for river access, camping, and trails used by hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists, and hunters.
According to Striker, the General Management Plan (GMP) for NRGNR is currently being revised. When a draft GMP goes out for public review this fall, it will propose various uses for different portions of the park. This Berwind tract will likely be considered for a variety of trail uses, including mountain biking, explained Striker. "In recent public meetings, our neighbors and visitors have expressed a strong desire for additional mountain biking trails, and we are working hard to increase the range of recreational opportunities we offer in the park. This new tract of land is a perfect place for mountain biking trails."
Did You Know?
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.