Hiking at New River Gorge
New River Gorge National River provides a variety of different trails throughout the park. Peaceful forest trails, superb overlooks, and historic scenery are all found here. The trails available consist of park service trails that are marked and maintained, trails within lands administered by state parks, and undeveloped trails and abandoned roads.
Trails range from 1/4 mile to 7 miles in length. Several can be easily connected to make for longer excursions. Difficulty varies from flat, smooth walking to steep challenging terrain. Trail recommendations and maps are offered at Canyon Rim, Grandview, Sandstone, and Thurmond visitor centers. Much of the land within the National Park Service authorized boundaries remains private property: please respect the owners' rights.
Download the Trails Newspaper for detailed descriptions and maps of every trail in the park.
To learn more about the hiking opportunities in the park, choose a location below:
Visit the Hiking Safety page for information about how to have a safe hike.
For photos of trails in the park, check out the Trails Photo Gallery.
Did You Know?
The New River is a very popular warm water fishery. The West Virginia state record for length of Smallmouth Bass - 25.5 inches and 7.5 lbs - was caught in the New River in 1976.