Ranger-led activities provide an opportunity to learn more about the natural world around us and the people who shaped our past. Discover the diversity of nature in the gorge, learn about the rich cultural history of coal mining, railroading, logging, and subsistence farming, learn how to be safe on the river, or join a ranger for a guided hike. Programs are offered throughout the year, but primarily during the spring, summer, and fall months. All programs are free of charge and everyone is welcome.
January 2, 2016
Start off the New Year with a fun and healthy hike in the park. Join a ranger for a 3.2 mile hike on the Grandview Rim Trail to Turkey Spur and back. Be prepared for a moderate hike with breathtaking views from the rim of the New River Gorge. Meet at 10:30 at the Grandview Visitor Center.
April 22-24, 2016
Are you ready for spring? Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Thirteenth Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 22 to 24, 2016! Explore the area's natural diversity at programs in New River Gorge National River, Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Little Beaver State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, and Tamarack.
All programs are free! Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful. more...
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