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 »
Commercial Whitewater Information
A number of licensed outfitters offer guided trips on the New and Gauley Rivers. Trained guides, equipment, instruction, transportation to and from the river, and meals are provided. Trips vary in length from several hours to several days, and offer different degrees of difficulty -- from peaceful float and fishing trips to crashing whitewater excitement.
The New River has trips available almost year-round, with the season running from April through October. Ranging from mild pools and riffles on the upper parts to big whitewater rapids in the lower section, the New offers something for everyone.
The Gauley River is more for the whitewater enthusiast, with a number of steep and technical rapids. The main season is early-September through mid-October, though trips are sometimes available at other times of the year.
List of commercial outfitters licensed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources:
ACE Adventure Resort
North American River Runners
Class VI-Mountain River
West Virginia Adventures
New and Gauley River Adventures
Did You Know?
Over one million visitors come to New River Gorge National River each year. Park rangers assist visitors and help them better understand the park and the park resources.