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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A wild and wonderful introduction to the National Parks of Southern West Virginia.

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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 Park and Preserve.

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Plan Like a Park Ranger - Top 10 Tips

Tips to make your visit to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve one you will always remember.

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COVID-19 Updates

Stay up-to-date with the latest information about closures and changes in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guided Activities

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

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Spring Wildflower Art Contest

Check out the winning artwork from the 2021 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest!



Making purchases from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve bookstores supports park activities

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Virtual Passport Stamp

NEW -- A Passport Book stamp for our virtual visitors.

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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.

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

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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 various positions. Learn about ways you can help support your park.

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Become a Friend

Friends of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve supports the management of the New, Gauley, and Bluestone Rivers in Southern WV.

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Planning and Civic Engagement

Check here to review park planning documents and participate in the park planning process.

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Resource Management Minutes

Learn about what our resource management staff is up to through a series of short videos.

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Photos and Multimedia

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

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

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

Last updated: May 27, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(304) 465-0508

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