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 »
Spiders and Insects
Only two types of poisonous spiders may be found in the New River Gorge area; the black widow and possibly the brown recluse, whose range may be expanding into this area. While these spiders are rarely encountered on hikes or picnics, it is still important to be able to identify these spiders in case a bite is received.
Mosquitoes are a very common menace through out the New River Gorge area. While most mosquitoes are harmless, some do carry diseases such as West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus:
Commons ticks here:
Removal of tick:
Did You Know?
The New River Gorge was logged extensively thoughout the past century. The landscape is now recovering, with the park ecosystem returning to its more natural state, but there are still plenty of signs of the past activities.