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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Plan Your Visit

paddlers on the river
A calm stretch of the New River.
Gary Hartley
 

With a little advance planning, you can make the most of your trip to New River Gorge National River. Be sure to check out the contents of this website, which should be very helpful for planning your visit. Once you are here in the park, park rangers can help plan your visit. Stop by one of the park visitor centers or park headquarters for assistance.

 
park brochures

Brochures: Download all of our brochures and publications. Start with the Three Rivers Review, our park newspaper that contains information on visiting the park, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife, and more. more...

 
Sandstone Visitor Center

Visitor Centers: Begin your trip to New River Gorge National River by stopping by one of the park's four visitor centers for help planning your trip and deciding what to do. more…

 
campsite

Camping: New River Gorge National River offers many opportunities for primitive camping throughout the park. Check here for more information. more...

 
boat on the river

Things To Do: Check out all of the many recreational activities available at New River Gorge National River: hiking, whitewater rafting, climbing, biking, fishing, and hunting. more...

 
Sandstone Falls

Places To Go: Check the Places To Go page for a list of places throughout the park that you won't want to miss. more...

 
ranger conducting program

Ranger Programs: While you are in the park, join us for a ranger program. Check out our schedule of upcoming activities. more…

 
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Safety: Check our safety pages for some tips on how to make your visit a safe one. more...

 
snow at Grandview

Weather: Be prepared and check the local forecast before hitting the trail or heading down the river. more...

 
Canyon Rim Visitor Center

Directions: Check here for directions to visitor centers and other park locations. more...

 
Sandstone Visitor Center

Operating Hours and Seasons: Check here for operating hours of park visitor centers. more...

 
park visitor in wheelchair on accessible trail

Accessibility: Check this page for information about accessible locations throughout the park. more…

 
picnic shelter at Grandview

Fees and Reservations: Check here for information about fees and reservations, including reserving picnic shelters at Grandview. more...

 
rafters on the river

Permits: Check here for information about permits and commercial use authorizations for activities and events in the park. more...

 
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Leave No Trace: Learn about how you can recreate in your park while minimizing your impacts on park resources. more...

Did You Know?

smallmouth bass

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.