Do I need to I register for this challenge?
You do NOT need to register to participate in this challenge.
Where do I get a copy of the Challenge Log Form?
You can pick up a copy of this form at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing or the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone. Each participant must keep track of their individual miles hiked in the national parks on a Challenge Log Form. Keep track of pet companion miles on your log form too.
When can I hike for this challenge?
Hike on trails in New River Gorge National River and/or Bluestone National Scenic River any time January 1, 2017 and beyond. Keep track of the miles you hike on the Challenge Log Form.
ALWAYS THINK SAFET FIRST and be sure to practice Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics (www.lnt.org 1-800-332-4100) whenever you are outdoors. This helps to protect both you and park resources. Here are easy to follow guiding principles of Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Where do I get a copy of the park trails map?
There are nearly 100 miles of trail in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River that can be hiked for this challenge. Here are the ways to get a copy of park trails information:
- FREE mobile app for iPhones and Android devices: www.i-treks.com/app/rts/2
- Stop by any park visitor center in New River Gorge National River: Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, West Virginia or Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone, West Virginia
ALWAYS THINK SAFETY FIRST: be sure to check in with the park in advance of your hiking adventure for updates on current trail conditions. Any news on current trail conditions will be announced on the park’s website and through social media.
What modes of transportation are accepted to reach the 100 mile goal of this challenge?
A main point of this challenge is to get people into their national parks, but this program does specifically focus on the activity of hiking. This would include the closely related trail activities of: walking, hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing (you’re still walking when you’re using this tool). This challenge does NOT include the following types of park recreation that are also popular activities at these local sites: cross-country skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, or boating on the river.
What miles count toward the 100 mile tally for this challenge?
With 100 miles of trail in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River, there are many options to accumulate your challenge miles. You can hike as many park trails as you like or hike the same trail repeatedly to reach the 100 mile goal. Though hiking on established trails is recommended, making trailhead connections by walking on a road within park boundaries would also count toward your 100 mile goal. Keep track of miles hiked on your Challenge Log Form.
ALWAYS THINK SAFETY FIRST: if you walk a public road to make a trail connection, be sure to do so safely. Vehicular traffic has the right-of-way on all public roads. Walk to the side of the road against oncoming traffic and be sure to step clear of the road at the approach of any vehicle.
Here are several examples of walking connections that would count toward challenge miles:
- Hike the Endless Wall Trail starting at the Fern Creek Trailhead to the Nuttall Trailhead, then hike next to Lansing-Edmond Road to get back to the trailhead parking area at Fern Creek.
- Hike the Keeneys Creek Rail Trail then walk Keeneys Creek Road to get back to the trailhead parking area.
- Hike around the Grandview site, connecting one site trail to another.