All four park visitor centers are wheelchair-accessible, and accessible trails are available at Canyon Rim Visitor Center and Sandstone Falls. All park films and video exhibits are presented with open captions at all times. The exhibits at Canyon Rim Visitor Center are also audio-described for the sight-impaired. Assisted listening devices for the hearing-impaired are available for the park film Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
The park brochure is available as an audio described version along with a transcript of the audio description.
There are accessible campsites at Glade Creek and Grandview Sandbar Campgrounds. Glade Creek Campground also includes an accessible picnic area, fishing area, and a small portion of the Glade Creek Trail.
Accessible Trails and Overlooks
Canyon Rim Visitor Center
The 1/10th of a mile boardwalk offers scenic views of the gorge and New River Gorge Bridge. An easy walk on a fully accessible ramp leads to the first viewing point. Note: the boardwalk to the lower overlook is not accessible as it descends 178 steps. For more information visit the Fayetteville Area Trails page.
Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
A ¼ mile, handicapped accessible boardwalk crosses two bridges leading to islands and observation decks offering fantastic views of the falls and access to fishing areas. The boardwalk passes through the Appalachian riverside flatrock community, which contains a rare assemblage of plants found in only a few places along several high-energy Appalachian rivers. For more information visit the Sandstone-Brooks Area Trails page.
Long Point Trail
The first 1/4 mile of the Long Point Trail is accessible from the parking lot to an accessible boardwalk viewing area. For more information check the Fayetteville Area Trails page.
Glade Creek Trail
The first 1/4 mile of the Glade Creek Trail is accessible. This portion of the trail follows the cascading waters of the lower part of Glade Creek. For more information check the Glade Creek Trails page.
An accessible viewing deck overlooks the main section of Brooks Falls on River Road.
Accessible Fishing Areas
There is a wheel chair accessible fishing area at the Glade Creek Campground. The accessible area is on a wooden bridge over Glade Creek, an excellent fishing location (catch and release in this area). It can be reached at the end of Glade Creek Road from the parking area next to the campground entrance. For more information visit the fishing page.
For more information about accessible fishing locations in West Virginia, visit the WV Department of Natural Resources webpage.
Glade Creek Accessibility Project
In July 2013, over 30,000 boy scouts participated in the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, adjacent to the park. As part of the community service element of the jamboree, 212 scouts, led by park staff and two accessibility experts, Bill Botten and Dr. JR Harding, competed an accessibility project at Glade Creek. Projects completed included an accessible fishing area, trailhead and trail section, picnic area, and camping and parking site.
Last updated: February 20, 2022