Things To Do

rafts on the river

Rafters enjoy a day on the river.

Gary Hartley


Whether you are into outdoor activities such as climbing, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, or just like to enjoy a picnic, a quiet bit of birding, or camp and watch the river roll by, New River Gorge National River has much to offer. The park provides visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the cultural history of the area and visit some of the historic sites within the park. There are many possibilities for extreme sports as well as a more relaxing experience.


New River Gorge National River offers many opportunities for primitive camping throughout the park. more…

whitewater rafting

The New River provides some of the best whitewater opportunities in the nation. Check the whitewater page for information on rafting, water levels, and safety. more…

hiking at Grandview

With nearly 100 miles of trails, New River Gorge National River has a trail for everyone, ranging from a short walk to a strenuous trek to the bottom of the gorge. more...

bike riders

The beautiful landscapes and the variety of difficult to less challenging bike routes make the New River Gorge among the most popular destinations for mountain biking trips in the eastern U.S. more…

rock climber on cliff over gorge

With over 1,600 established climbing routes, New River Gorge National River has become one of the most popular climbing areas in the country. more…

fisherman with fish

Fishing is one of the most popular activities on the New River. The river offers anglers the opportunity to catch bass (smallmouth, largemouth, striped, and rock), walleye, muskellunge, crappie, bluegill, carp, or flathead and channel catfish. more…

two hunters wearing blaze orange

Hunting is permitted throughout most the park on federally owned land. Check the hunting page for regulations and information. more...

winding road through the forest

Scenic Drives
New River Gorge National River offers many opportunities for scenic drives. The Fayette Station Road tour takes visitors from the rim of the gorge down to the bottom, passing under the New River Gorge Bridge on the way. more…

ranger conducting a program

Ranger Programs
While you are in the park, join us for a ranger program. Check out our schedule of upcoming activities. more…

Junior Ranger patch

Become a Junior Ranger
There are plenty of activities for kids at New River Gorge. Learn how to become a Junior Ranger. more…

Sandstone Falls

Places To Go
Check the Places To Go page for a list of places throughout the park that you won't want to miss. more...

Grist Mill at Babcock State Park

Nearby Attractions
Check the Nearby Attractions page for other nearby destinations. more...

ranger leading a hike

Schedule of Events
Check the Schedule of Events to see what activities may be going on at the park. more...

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