Ranger Programs

ranger with visitor

Carey Woods


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.

Throughout the year groups may arrange programs as staffing permits. Please call or email the park if you would like a park ranger to present a program for your group.

Red Trillium

Lily Burr

2015 Wildflower Weekend

April 24 to 26, 2015
Celebrate the glories of an Appalachian spring in New River Gorge National River, Babcock,Hawks Nest, Little Beaver, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort State Parks, and at Tamarack. Wildflowers will be blooming from the rim of the gorge to the river. Join rangers and naturalists in exploring these jewels of nature and the region’s diverse ecology! Check back soon for the full schedule.

Check out the Wildflower Weekend page for more information and for a complete schedule of events.

Wildflower Weekend flier
ranger talking by a large hemlock

Old Growth Forest Dedication

April 15, 2015
In April, four West Virginia forests will be added to a growing list of forests included in the Old Growth Forest Network. The first West Virginia forest to be dedicated into the network will be an old growth forest located in the federally protected New River Gorge National River. On April 15 at 10 am, a group will gather at the trailhead at Stone Cliff for a brief dedication ceremony. After the dedication there will be a hike into one of the few old-growth forests that remain in West Virginia. The dedication and hike are free and open to the public. See the press release for more information and for directions to Stone Cliff.

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