The National Park Service (NPS) invests in planning to ensure that decisions it makes are as effective and efficient as possible in carrying out the NPS mission. That mission is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations and to cooperate with partners to extend the benefits of resource conservation and outdoor recreation.
The 2011 General Management Plan (GMP) establishes a vision for New River Gorge National River (now redesignated as New River Gorge National Park and Preserve) for the next 20 years. It guides the management of resources, visitor use, and general development at the park. The primary purpose of the plan is to provide a foundation from which to protect park resources while providing for meaningful visitor experiences. The selected alternative, Alternative 5 – Exploration Experiences, preserves primitive recreational experiences across the park. Interspersed with these primitive areas will be cultural and interpretive focal areas where visitors can explore communities and other places that once populated to gorge, experience the river, and enjoy a variety of recreational experiences. A north to south through-the-park connector composed of improved scenic roads and trails will enable visitors to travel the length of the park. Partnerships with gateway communities and improved rim-to-river experiences will foster links to the park as a whole and to specific cultural and interpretive resources.
Planning documents currently available include:
Documents Open for Public Review
Other Plans and Projects
An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.
Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) is an online collaborative tool dedicated to facilitating the civic engagement process in conservation planning, environmental impact analysis and informed decision-making. PEPC allows parks to improve efficiency and implement agency guidelines.
Last updated: June 30, 2023