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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 »

Your Safety

safety board at coal camp ruins
An old safety board at Kaymoor records lost time accidents.
NPS photo/Dave Bieri
We hope that your trip to New River Gorge National River will be a fun and memorable experience. Taking time to plan and prepare for your visit will better ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time. Look over the following items to better understand some of the possible hazards and safety issues you may encounter at New River Gorge.

Water Safety

Biking Safety

Hiking Safety

Rock Climbing Safety

Camping & Wildlife

Driving on Park Roads



Spiders & Insects


Heat Related Illness

Poison Ivy

Did You Know?

Historic Logging Railroad at Garden Ground

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.