New River Gorge National River provides opportunities for primitive camping only. Camping areas are located along the river. These primitive camping areas have no drinking water or hookups, and limited restroom facilities. All sites are managed on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no fees for camping, but campers are required to register with a ranger at the earliest opportunity. Stays are limited to 14 days in the same area. Developed campgrounds are available at state parks and private campgrounds throughout the surrounding area.
There are seven primitive camping areas within the park, as well as one at Gauley River National Recreation Area. All are located on maintained gravel roads, but are often located some distance from service stations, markets, and telephones. All of the camping areas provide easy access to the river for fishing and swimming. When swimming, be advised that the New River has powerful currents, rocky banks and shoals, and sudden dropoffs. Always treat the New River with respect and wear a life jacket!
The eight camping areas are:
At Army Camp, Glade Creek, Grandview Sandbar, Stone Cliff and War Ridge camping is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
Use existing fire rings.
The park has two camping areas available for group camping. One is located off U. S. Route 19 across from Canyon Rim Visitor Center. The other is located along the New River at Dunglen (across from Thurmond). Both these sites require a Special Use Permit.
For general camping information, call the main park number at 304-465-0508 (weekdays only).
To request an application for group camping, call 304-465-6517 (weekdays only).
Did You Know?
The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.