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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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  • 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 »

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August 19, 2014
Critter Watchin’ in the New River Gorge
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

August 14, 2014
Still Time to Enter 2014 Hidden History Photo Contest
Celebrate southern West Virginia’s cultural heritage by entering this photo contest!

August 11, 2014
Discover Life in a Stream Stomp
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

July 28, 2014
Hike the Blue and Beyond
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

July 24, 2014
2014 Hidden History Photo Contest Announced
Celebrate southern West Virginia’s cultural heritage by entering this historic photo contest!

July 23, 2014
Serving Appalachia’s Future One Community at a Time
New River Gorge National River, in partnership with the Appalachian Coal Country Team. are hosting a National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team at Camp Brookside.

July 23, 2014
Tourism to Local national parks creates over 51 million dollars in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 673 in local economy

July 23, 2014
Go on Adventure in Nature at Night
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

July 14, 2014
Community and Railroad History Celebrated in Thurmond Railroad Day
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

July 11, 2014
Thurmond Railroad Day featuring Operation Lifesaver
Join us to explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond and learn tips on railroad safety!

July 08, 2014
River Detours and Closures at the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge
The replacement of the Route 41 Bridge will require temporary closures and long term river detours.

July 07, 2014
Outdoor Adventure Fest Features Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

June 23, 2014
Railroad History and Nature Featured in Ranger Programs
Join us for ranger-guided programs in the National Park!

June 20, 2014
National Park Service Hosts Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course
National Park Service Hosts Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course

June 20, 2014
Stroll Along the Bluestone River
Join us for a ranger-guided program in the 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.

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 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!

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

Did You Know?

Whitewater rafting on the New River

Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular recreational activities at New River Gorge National River. The rapids range from Class III to Class V. There are a number of commercial outfitters that offer trips to the public. More...