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Contact: Julena Campbell, 304-465-6523
Glen Jean, WV – New River Gorge National River Superintendent Lizzie Watts has announced that winter operating hours for park facilities will be in effect from . “Winter is a fantastic time to experience the peace and solitude of the park,” said Superintendent Watts. “It can also be a challenging time of year to be outside, so be sure to check the current and forecasted conditions, and make sure you are well-prepared before venturing out.”
During the winter, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open daily from It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. The Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone will be open four days a week, through , from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.
All other park facilities are open for the winter including the campgrounds, parking lots, boat launches, roads, and most trails. The park is normally open 24 hours a day, although certain access roads or areas may be temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions such as snow or ice. Long-term and most temporary closures are posted on the park’s webpage under “Alerts”, or at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit
A variety of free guided activities will be offered once again this winter, as part of the popular “Get Active in the Park” partnership with Active Southern West Virginia. Guided hikes and tai chi sessions will be offered several times each month. Winter sports demos such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and more will be offered as weather permits. A current calendar of events can be found at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit
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