• 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 »


hunters in orange vests

Hunting is much more than just a sport to a majority of the people in Southern Appalachia. It is a tradition and has been shared from generation to generation. More and more hunting has become a sport enjoyed by the entire family. Good hunters teach, not only the basics of hunting and shooting, but a love and appreciation of the land, the wildlife, and the experience. New hunters also need to know the rules and regulations and always be aware of safety concerns.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Hunting webpage provides information on hunter safety training, rules and regulations, and many other useful topics concerning hunting in the state. New River Gorge National River's hunting regulations follow the WVDNR's regulations with the following exceptions or additions:

*Baiting game is never allowed in the park, this is considered feeding the wildlife.

*Trapping is NOT permitted in the park.

*No permanent tree stands may be placed on park land. If a stand remains for over 24 hours it is considered abandoned and will be removed. No nails or screws can be placed into trees.

*ATVs are not permitted in the park

There are areas where hunting is prohibited in New River Gorge National River, including safety zones near public areas and the 800 acre section of the park at Grandview. Maps detailing hunting areas will be available here soon. Please check back. Knowing your location and rules for that area are the hunter's responsibility.

Questions concerning hunting in the park can be emailed to this website or contact park law enforcement division. Questions concerning general hunting regulations should go to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Did You Know?

Ranger and children at park overlook

Over one million visitors come to New River Gorge National River each year. Park rangers assist visitors and help them better understand the park and the park resources.