Though there are nearly 100 miles of trails in this park, most trails are short and best suited for day hikes. Historic site considerations, very steep terrain, and private property within park boundaries can make planning a backpacking trip challenging. Trails best suited for overnight backpacking trips at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve include:
Here are additional regulations related to backpacking.Camping is allowed on the riverbanks of the New and Gauley Rivers on NPS-owned lands so long as there is no resource damage.Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of any trail, trailhead, park structures, historic ruins, developed day use area, water source, river access areas, and rivers or streams. (Leave No Trace guidelines recommend 200 feet.)
In undeveloped backcountry areas group size is limited to eight people and two tents. Stay limit is 14 days.Campfires are allowed at backcountry campsites and must be contained within a fire pan or fire ring.Before leaving a campsite, all fires will be doused with enough water to extinguish all flames, embers or otherwise lighted material. Sand, dirt or other materials should not be used to bury the fire to remove the oxygen supply.
Additional Leave No Trace tips for backpackers.
Last updated: November 22, 2021