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May 22, 2014
Prescribed Burns at Backus Mountain
Weather willing, the National Park Service will conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 17 acres of park property at the Backus Mountain location in southeastern Fayette County sometime between Wednesday, May 26th and Saturday, May 31st.

May 22, 2014
Ranger-led Activities begin at New River Gorge National River
Ranger led activities start Memorial Day Weekend at New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River.

May 12, 2014
Fee Rates Set for the New Meadow Creek Campground
Fee rates for Meadow Creek Campground, the new flagship campground at the New River Gorge National River, are now set.

May 06, 2014
Americorps VISTA Summer Associate Position Available
New River Gorge National River is recruiting NOW for a VISTA Summer Associate Position to research and develop an interpretive plan for Camp Brookside, located near Hinton, WV

April 27, 2014
Fern Creek Fire Contained and Controllled
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the nearly week old Fern Creek Fire is now 100% contained and 100% controlled.

April 24, 2014
Fern Creek Fire Update April 24
Fern Creek Fire 90% Contained

April 21, 2014
Welcome Sweet Spring - Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites!

April 08, 2014
Celebrate Spring in Appalachia at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites!

April 03, 2014
2014 Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Awards Ceremony
Ceremony to honor youth artists at Tamarack on April 6th at 4:00 PM.

April 02, 2014
2014 youth arts in the parks art contest exhibit
New River Gorge Wildflower Exhibit at Tamarack Opens April 1st!

March 24, 2014
Carnifex Tunnel Is Closing
NPS determines that this tunnel on the rail grade along the Meadow River is unsafe for visitors

March 20, 2014
Park Welcomes New Americorps Vista Intern
New River Gorge National River hires new intern to coordinate programming at Camp Brookside!

March 04, 2014
Tourism to National Parks in Southern WV creates over 51 million dollars in Economic Benefit
Tourism to New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area creates $51, 466,744 in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 685 jobs in local economy.

February 13, 2014
Norman Jordan Portrays Carter G Woodson
From coal miner to educator, join park staff to hear stories of Woodson’s life!

January 15, 2014
Recycling Bins Relocated at the Burnwood Complex of NPS
New River Gorge National River provides recycling bins for paper, aluminum, and plastics.

January 02, 2014
2014 Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Announced
Local students can celebrate their creativity through the Youth Arts in the Parks program.

December 23, 2013
DOI Vista Position Available
New River Gorge National River is recruiting NOW for a VISTA Position to Develop Youth Programs at the residential Camp Brookside.

December 16, 2013
Ajax Spring Is Closing
NPS determines water in this spring off of Fayette Station Road unsafe for consumption.

December 02, 2013
Special Regulation Allowing Bicycle Use on NPS Trails to go into Effect
A new National Park Service regulation goes into effect by the end of January 2014 that allows visitors to ride bicycles on about 65 miles of existing trail in the New River Gorge National River.

November 18, 2013
NPS continues to seek public comment on proposed fees at campgrounds
New River Gorge National River continues to seek public comments on a proposal to charge fees of $5.00 per night for camping in the Army Camp Campground, Glade Creek Campground and Grandview Sandbar Campground.

October 29, 2013
The Rend Trail Reopens
The National Park Service is pleased to announce the reopening of the Rend Trail, previously known as the Thurmond-Minden Trail.

October 24, 2013
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fees at Campgrounds
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fees at Army Camp, Glade Creek and Grandview Sandbar Campgrounds

October 17, 2013
New River Gorge National River Reopens to Visitors
New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, Bluestone National Scenic River Reopen to Visitors

September 25, 2013
Hidden History Photo Contest
Explore the history of the local area through the lens of a camera!

September 20, 2013
Bluestone National Scenic River
Check out this week's National Park getaway!

September 20, 2013
River and Railroad Walks
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

September 17, 2013
Hidden History Weekend Event Schedule Announced
Join us for guided heritage programs throughout southern West Virginia parks!

September 17, 2013
Autumn Programs in the Parks
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

September 11, 2013
Tunnel Access at Grandview Trail Will Remain Closed
NPS assesses future of the Popular Tunnel Trail at Grandview.

August 30, 2013
Weekend Park Ranger Programs Continue and Seasonal Visitor Center Hours Change
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

August 30, 2013
Still Time to Enter Hidden History Photo Contest
Celebrate southern West Virginia’s cultural heritage by entering this photo contest of historic sites!

August 26, 2013
Celebrate the Labor Day Holiday Weekend in the Park
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

August 16, 2013
Hidden History Photo Contest Announced
Celebrate southern West Virginia’s cultural heritage by entering this historic photo contest!

August 16, 2013
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fees at the New Meadow Creek Campground
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fees at the New Meadow Creek Campground, Slated to Open in 2014

August 16, 2013
Peer into the Past of Thurmond
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

August 09, 2013
Color Takes Flight on the Bluestone
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

August 05, 2013
Summer in the Park
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

August 01, 2013
Limited Access to Cunard and Brooklyn Miners Trail
AEP repairs may impact parking at Cunard and access to the trail next week.

July 18, 2013
Take a Trip Downtown to Historic Thurmond
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

June 28, 2013
Chief Cornstalk Featured in Living History Celebration
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

June 25, 2013
Youth Service Projects to Benefit the Park
More than 3500 Scouts will perform service projects at New River Gorge National River!

June 18, 2013
Glade Creek Closures In Effect
NPS prepares for projects to increase accessibility in popular sites in the Middle Gorge.

June 10, 2013
The Grand View at Grandview Draws In Visitors
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

June 06, 2013
Notification of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact for Trail Development Plan - Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) selected Alternative B (the Trail Development Alternative) of the Trail Development Plan/Environmental Assessment for implementation and prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

June 05, 2013
Explore Your Parks With a Close-up Look
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the National Park!

May 31, 2013
New River Festival
Attend a Field Trip and take an adventure as part of the Festivities!

May 28, 2013
Celebrate National Trails Day in Bluestone National Scenic River
Join us for a ranger-guided program!

May 21, 2013
Join us for the 2013 New River Festival
Fun for the entire family, particularly the younger members!

May 21, 2013
Season in Full Swing at New River Gorge National River
Stop by a park visitor center or join us for a ranger-guided program!

May 15, 2013
Water Safety Weekend in the New River Gorge
This Memorial Day Weekend the National Park Service at New River Gorge National River and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bluestone Lake will present their annual Water Safety Weekend to help visitors safely prepare for the season’s activities on area rivers and lakes.

May 15, 2013
Youth Conservation Corps Positions Available
Apply today for a summer position at New River Gorge National River!

April 30, 2013
Rend Trail Closure In Effect
Repairs to the stone retention wall will cause closures from June through September, 2013.

April 18, 2013
Celebrate National Park Week at New River Gorge National River
Join a Ranger for one of the many program opportunities April 20 – 28th!

April 15, 2013
Celebrate the 10th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
Join us for these events that celebrate National Park Week!

April 15, 2013
Park Asks for Public Assistance with Pet Regulations
Please keep your pet safe and on a leash!

April 15, 2013
Rangers-In-Training Outdoor Adventures
Apply today for a free one-week series of outdoor adventures.

April 12, 2013
Patricia Kicklighter Named New River Gorge National River Superintendent
Patricia “Trish” Kicklighter has been selected as the new superintendent of New River Gorge National River and the associated Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River.

April 12, 2013
Join us for the New River Festival
Celebrate the spirit of the New with the New River Clean Water Alliance!

April 09, 2013
National Park Service Recruiting Volunteers
New River Gorge National River is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2013 National Scout Jamboree

April 02, 2013
National Park Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn
New River Gorge National River Conducts Annual Burn at Sandstone Visitor Center

April 02, 2013
Further Cunard Road Closures in Effect
Closures extended along the Cunard Access for road repairs from mid-March to mid-May.

March 27, 2013
Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Exhibit
New River Gorge Wildflower Exhibit at Tamarack Opens April 1st

March 22, 2013
Wildflower Weekend 2013
Celebrate Spring in Appalachia at the Tenth Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites!

March 11, 2013
Cunard Road Closures in Effect
Road repairs to the Cunard Access will cause periodic closures from mid-March to mid-May.

February 27, 2013
NPS releases Trail Development Plan
NPS releases Trail Development Plan/EA for Public Review and schedules an Open House at Canyon Rim Visitor Center

February 26, 2013
Economic Impacts of national parks in southern WV
New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area Tourism Create $53,000,000 in Local Economic Benefit Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

January 31, 2013
2014 Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Deadline Near
The art entry deadline for Youth Arts in the Parks is almost here.

January 16, 2013
2013 Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Deadline Near
Information about participating in a nature art contest that is open to all K – 12 grade students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties.

October 25, 2012
2013 Youth Arts in the Parks Art Contest Announced
Announcement about a nature art contest that is open to all K – 12 grade students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties.

March 07, 2012
NPS Releases Record of Decision for the General Management Plan/ Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan/Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for New River Gorge National River.

September 28, 2011
NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL RIVER - WV
New River Gorge National River enjoyed its second successful fledging from the bald eagle nest at Brooks Island this summer.

September 28, 2011
NPS Releases Abbreviated Final General Management Plan
The National Park Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Abbreviated Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) and the Foundation Plan for the New River Gorge National River.

September 01, 2011
Grand Opening of Arrowhead Trail
Grand Opening of the Arrowhead Trail in New River Gorge National River will be held on September 7th.

April 18, 2011
White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Park Bats
New River Gorge National River has detected the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in central Fayette County, West Virginia.

January 27, 2011
National Park Service Releases Hiking-Biking Plan for Public Review
press release for Hiking-biking plan

September 02, 2010
New River Gorge Tire Clean Up
NPS employees and volunteers clean up tires from New River

February 05, 2010
Draft GMP Public Meetings
The National Park Service announced today that the draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP) and draft Foundation Plan for New River Gorge National River have been released for public review and input.

December 01, 2009
Public Meeting on Hike and Bike Trail System
The National Park Service is soliciting public input as part of an Environmental Assessment for the construction of two stacked loop hike and bike trail systems in the Craig Branch and Garden Ground areas of New River Gorge National River.

May 09, 2009
Notice of Availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact -FONSI-Nuttallburg Visitor Use Area Implementation Plan and Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service at New River Gorge National River has prepared a FONSI for the Nuttallburg Visitor Use Area Implementation Plan and Environmental Assessment (IP/EA).

July 09, 2008
New Resource Management Chief
Scott Stonum selected to be the new Chief of Resource Management for New River Gorge National River.

May 22, 2008
Falcon Reintroduction Enters Third Year
2008 marks the third in a multi-year program to reintroduce peregrine falcons to the New River Gorge Region

March 28, 2008
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer found in New River Gorge National River.

March 25, 2008
Peregrine Monitoring 2008
New River Gorge National River begins monitoring for peregrine falcon activity at Endless Wall and Beauty Mountain.

February 05, 2008
Graffitti Cleanup
National Park Service (NPS) employees are working in cooperation with volunteers from the local rock climbing community to remove graffiti from the Beauty Mountain cliffs in New River Gorge National River near Fayetteville, WV.

January 14, 2008
Glade Creek Road Re-Opens
Glade Creek Road is open all the way to the Glade Creek Campground.

October 22, 2007
GMP Alternative Announced
NPS to Present New Alternative for Draft General Management Plan

October 11, 2007
Cunard Road Closure - 11 October 2007
NPS Reminds Public of Upcoming Cunard Road Closure

September 20, 2007
Glade Creek Road Update Sept 19 2007
Glade Creek Road Re-Opened to Grandview Sandbar

July 26, 2007
Cunard Road Delays and Closure
Road construction will begin on the Cunard Road on August 1st, 2007.

July 18, 2007
NERI Blood Drive
New River Gorge National River to Sponsor Blood Drive

July 01, 2007
2007 Peregrine Falcon Release
The park has just collaborated in the largest release of peregrine falcons in North America.

June 29, 2007
Ranger Receives Governer's Award
Ranger Randy Fisher received a special citation for his role in saving the life of man attempting suicide.

June 25, 2007
Berwind Land Company Sells 558 Acres to NPS
Park purchases 558 acres 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.

May 24, 2007
Peregrine Falcon Camera
Live video and webcam of peregrine falcon program available to the public.

May 18, 2007
Glade Creek Road Closure
Wet Weather Forces NPS to Close Glade Creek Road

May 08, 2007
Park and Volunteers Clean Up Graffitti
Volunteers Help Sandblast Graffiti from Gorge Cliffs

April 24, 2007
Peregrine Volunteers 2007
Volunteers who worked on the park's Peregrine Falcon program were recognized for their efforts.

April 13, 2007
New Superintendent Selected
Don Striker is the new superintendent at New River Gorge National River and the associated Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River.

April 02, 2007
NPS Targets Trash Dumps in Three Counties
Since January, National Park Service (NPS) maintenance crews have been hauling trash from park-owned properties in Fayette, Raleigh and Summers counties.

March 05, 2007
Repairs Begin on Cunard and Glade Creek Roads
NPS Contractors are scheduled to begin repairs on Cunard and Glade Creek Roads within New River Gorge National River.

February 20, 2007
NPS Northeast Region Resource Manager Award
New River Gorge Wildlife Biologist, Matt Varner, is selected as Northeast Region's Resouce Manager of the Year.

February 15, 2007
Peregrine Monitoring 2007
New River Gorge National River begins monitoring for peregrine falcon activity at Endless Wall.

February 01, 2007
Acting Superintendent Named
Debbie Darden has been named Acting Superintendent of New River Gorge National River.

January 05, 2007
2006 Park Partnership Award
The 2006 recipient of the Park Partnership Award is Summers County Middle School teacher, Amy Smith, who has been an exemplary participant in the NPS environmental education program for several years.

December 01, 2006
Distinguished WV Award
Cal Hite, National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent of New River Gorge National River, was honored yesterday at the 2006 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards Program in Charleston, WV.

June 20, 2006
NERI Woodrat Monitoring
New River Gorge NR contains stable, healthy, globally significant populations of Allegheny woodrats, which is a species of special concern in WV and is in decline throughout the rest of its range in the eastern U.S. The woodrat population in and around NERI may represent the core population for this species in the eastern U.S. Therefore, due to this species' decline throughout the eastern U.S., the woodrat populations at New River Gorge are critical from a conservation perspective.

Did You Know?

Peregrine Falcon

Between 1987 and 1991, over thirty peregrine falcons were released within New River Gorge. Think you saw one? If so, please contact the park wildlife biologist at (304) 465-6542. More...