• 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 »


rafters under the New River Gorge Bridge
Rafters approach the New River Gorge Bridge.
Gary Hartley

These Adobe Acrobat files explain the process now in place to request permits and Commercial Use Authorizations for activities and events within the park. It is recommended that you download and read the General Permit Information first.

General Permit Information (42.9 Kb Acrobat File)

Commercial Use Authorization Application (General) (17.2 Kb Acrobat File)

Commercial Use Authorization Application (climbing services) (49.5 Kb pdf)

Commercial Use Monthly Reporting Form (10.5 Kb Acrobat File)

Special Use Permit Application (23 Kb Acrobat File)

Climbing Guide Certification Guidelines and Group Size Info (34.8 Kb pdf)

Filming Permit Application (31.4 Kb Acrobat File)

Grandview Shelter Reservation Application (23.0 Kb Acrobat File)

GPS-Based Activities Permit Application (physical cache) (1.83 Mb pdf)

Establish New/Update Existing Climbing Route Permit Application (29.5 Kb pdf)

ROW Permit Application (70.4 Kb pdf)

First Amendment Designated Park Areas (994 Kb pdf)

Scientific Research Permit Application (Natural & Social Science Proposals) (25 kb pdf)

Scientific Research Study Proposal Outline

Scientific Research Example Study Proposal

Application for Special Use Permit Vehicle/Watercraft Use

For more information on park permits, contact
Permit Office: 304-465-6517 e-mail us
Park Headquarters: 304-465-0508

Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.