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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

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…


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

boat on the river

Outdoor Activities
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…

water safety banner

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

snow at Grandview

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

Canyon Rim Visitor Center

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

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

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

Did You Know?

Peregrine Falcon

Between 1987 and 1991, over thirty peregrine falcons were released within New River Gorge. Think you saw one? If so, please contact the park wildlife biologist at (304) 465-6542. More...