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 »
Download the audio files for the Canyon Rim Visitor Center exhibits here:
Canyon Rim Visitor Center Audio Files
There are accessible campsites at Glade Creek and Grandview Sandbar Campgrounds. Glade Creek Campground also includes an accessible picnic area, fishing area, and a small portion of the Glade Creek Trail.
Canyon Rim Visitor Center
The 1/10th of a mile boardwalk offers scenic views of the gorge and New River Gorge Bridge. An easy walk on a fully accessible ramp leads to the first viewing point. Note: the boardwalk to the lower overlook is not accessible as it descends 178 steps. more...
Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
A ¼ mile, handicapped accessible boardwalk crosses two bridges leading to islands and observation decks offering fantastic views of the falls and access to fishing areas. The boardwalk passes through the Appalachian riverside flatrock community, which contains a rare assemblage of plants found in only a few places along several high-energy Appalachian rivers. more...
In July 2013, over 30,000 boy scouts participated in the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, adjacent to the park. As part of the community service element of the jamboree, 212 scouts, led by park staff and two accessibility experts, Bill Botten and Dr. JR Harding, competed an accessibility project at Glade Creek. Projects completed included an accessible fishing area, trailhead and trail section, picnic area, and camping and parking site.
Did You Know?
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...