New River Gorge National River protects and preserves 53 miles of the New River as well as over 70,000 acres of the magnificent gorge that this river created.
The park is 53 miles long. Having a good map is essential. A park map can be obtained at any park visitor center. Many roads are narrow and winding. Allow extra time when exploring.
Stop at Canyon Rim Visitor Center any time of year. Sandstone. Visitor Center is open spring, summer, and fall, and intermittently in winter. Visitor centers at Grandview and Thurmond are seasonal, generally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Food, lodging, and full service campgrounds are plentiful in the gateway communities surrounding the park, including Hinton, Fayetteville, and Beckley.
Primitive camping, on a first come - first serve basis, is available without charge at a number of locations within the park.
Winter 2019-2020 Visitor Center hours:
Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will remain open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitor centers will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. Due to staffing shortages Sandstone Visitor Center will be closed from December 9, 2019 through May 2020.