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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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  • Portions of Rend Trail closed for Bridge Repairs

    Portions of the Rend Trail, formerly known as the Thurmond Minden Trail, will be closed effective immediately due to safety concerns. More »

  • 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 »


Clouds float through the gorge
Clouds float through the gorge.
Louise McLaughlin

Weather in the Appalachian Mountains can be unpredictable and can change quickly. Always be prepared for the possibility of sudden storms. Weather in the mountains is often cooler and wetter than the surrounding area. On average, the warmest month is July. The maximum average precipitation also occurs in July.


Average Temperatures and Precipitation for Beckley, WV
(from the National Weather Service)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 38 42 51 63 70 75
Low 19 21 27 38 47 55
Precipitation 2.81 2.54 3.28 3.42 4.57 3.57

Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 78 77 71 62 52 41
Low 59 57 50 39 30 22
Precipiation 5.23 3.42 2.94 2.42 2.88 3.00

(Temperatures measured in Fahrenheit; precipitation measured in inches)


Weather Forecasts (from the National Weather Service)

Beckley, WV
Fayetteville, WV
Sandstone, WV

Did You Know?

View of New River at McCreery, WV

The New River was designated an American Heritage River on July 30, 1998. There are currently fourteen American Heritage Rivers in the country.