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 »
Sandstone Visitor Center
This center, located just north of the I-64 and State Route 20 interchange (Exit 139), opened in the fall of 2003. The 9,800 square-foot facility features sustainable (green) design concepts for energy efficiency and resource conservation. In addition to the energy conservation elements,water conserving native plants were selected for landscaping at the site.
Visitors to the new facility will learn about the natural and cultural history of the New River and its watershed through interactive interpretive exhibits. They can view the 12-minute video program on the New River and purchase books and educational materials from the bookstore.
The Sandstone Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the southern portion of the New River Gorge National River where visitors traveling along I-64 can stop and get oriented to the park and southern West Virginia.
Season and Hours
GPS coordinates are: 37.78320 N, 80.89778 W
This is a physical address only - please do not send mail to this address. All park mail should be addressed to park headquarters in Glen Jean (PO Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25946).
Did You Know?
One day each year, hundreds of BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumpers come to New River Gorge to parachute from the New River Gorge Bridge.