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 River.

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Hidden History Weekend

Celebrate the wonders of Appalachian heritage, the rich sites and stories of our area's diverse history!

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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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Hidden History Photo Contest

Celebrate the riches of southern West Virginia’s cultural history through photography. Learn more about the Hidden History Photo Contest.



Making purchases from the New River Gorge National River 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 positions in 2017. Learn about ways you can help support your park.

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Become a Friend

Friends of New River Gorge National River supports the management of the New, Gauley, and Bluestone Rivers in Southern West Virginia.

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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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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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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: October 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(304) 465-0508

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