• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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  • 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 »

Driving on Park Roads

windy road through forest

Fayette Station Road

Lori McKinney

Most roads at New River Gorge National River are curvy, windy, and narrow. When driving through the park you do need to be careful and stay alert.

Please keep these safety tips in mind when enjoying the many scenic drives in the park:

Be aware of your surroundings, wildlife is very common in this park. You never know when a deer or turkey may step out of the woods and onto the road.

Most roads in the park are narrow with blind curves. Be sure to drive at a safe speed and always stay on your side of the road. Rocks often fall into the road. Take turns especially slow and watch for objects in the road.

Watch for vehicles straying over the center line.

Be especially careful when driving on wet, snowy, or icy roads. Maintain safe speeds.

It's a state law to always wear your seatbelt.

Keep your headlights on in inclement weather.

Always obey the posted speed limit.

Did You Know?

AMTRAK train at Thurmond, WV

You can "catch a train" to visit the park! The AMTRAK Cardinal travels through New River Gorge on its route from New York, NY to Chicago, IL.