A River Runs Through It

A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

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Plan Your Visit

Before you visit the park, visit our website to learn more about all you can do at New River Gorge National River.

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Wildflower Art Contest

View the winning artwork from the 2017 Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art Contest.

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Wildflower Weekend

Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring through programs at New River Gorge as well as at state parks and other locations in the gorge.

Teacher and student paddling on the river


Find out about two exciting opportunities for local teachers to work in a national park this summer!

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Hidden History Photo Contest

See the winners of theHidden History Photo Contest.

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Thurmond Train Day

Explore the railroad town of Thurmond and learn RR safety tips from Operation Lifesaver.

Ranger with students

Youth Arts in the Park Nature Festival

Teachers; bring your class to Grandview to discover ecology through art and science while being out in nature.

Ranger hiking with visitors on a trail

Guided Activities

Find out what interpretive programs are going on in the park.

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100 Mile Challenge

Celebrate parks and health by hiking 100 miles on trails in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River.

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Be a Junior Ranger!

Become a New River Gorge Junior Ranger! Find out how you can earn your Junior Ranger badge and patch.

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Kids and Youth

Don't let your parents have all the fun! Learn about fun activities for kids in the park.

students and school bus


Plan a field trip to New River Gorge, or learn about our curriculum programs and teachers resources.

kids playing tug of war at Camp Brookside

Camp Brookside

Find out what is going on at the Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.

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Volunteer In Parks

We are looking for volunteers for positions in 2017. Learn about ways you can help support your park.

friends group doing trail work

Friends of New River Gorge Natl. River

Our friends group supports the National Park Service's management of the New, Gauley, and Bluestone rivers in Southern West Virginia.

coal miners

African American Heritage Auto Tour

Download this smart phone app for a self guided auto tour that helps tell the story of the African American experience in the gorge.

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Climate Change

Learn about the effects of climate change at New River Gorge National River.

Sandstone Falls

Photos and Multimedia

Check out photo galleries, videos, social media, audio tours, and our webcam.

Peregrine Falcons


Learn about the animals, plants, natural features, and ecosystems of the New River Gorge.

Thurmond Depot


Learn more about the people, places, and stories that make up the rich cultural history of the New River Gorge.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508

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