Basic Information

104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846

To reach Park Headquarters take Route 19 North from Beckley to the Glen Jean exit. Upon exiting Rt 19, make an immediate left turn. At the next intersection, turn right. Park Headquarters will be straight ahead on the right. GPS Coordinates for Headquarters: 81.15587W, 37.92775N

New River Gorge National River

The park is open 24 hour a day, year round. Park Headquarters in Glen Jean is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The park's two main visitor centers at Canyon Rim and Sandstone are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day).

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Weather in the Appalachian Mountains can be unpredictable and can change quickly. Always be prepared for the possibility of sudden storms. Weather in the mountains is often cooler and wetter than the surrounding area. On average, the warmest month is July. The maximum average precipitation also occurs in July.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee - $0.00

New River Gorge National River does not charge an entrance fee.

Canyon Rim Visitor Center

Canyon Rim Visitor Center is one of the park's primary, year round visitor centers. It is located at the New River Gorge Bridge, just north of Fayetteville. Boardwalk trails provide fantastic views of the bridge and the gorge. The center features exhibits, information, park film, and a book store.

Sandstone Visitor Center

Sandstone Visitor Center is one of the primary year-round visitor centers for the park. It is a green design building where visitors can learn about the park and the watershed through exhibits and a park film. The center also features a native plant garden, picnic areas, and book store.

Grandview Visitor Center

The Grandview section of the park features include overlooks of the New River, a visitor center (open seasonally), five hiking trails, ranger-led walks and talks, summer outdoor dramas, and picnic areas with playgrounds.

Thurmond Depot Visitor Center

Thurmond Depot is a restored railroad depot located in the historic railroad town of Thurmond.

clouds drift over the river
Clouds drift over the New River.

John Petro


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.

Two visitor centers operate year round, and two are open seasonally. Stop at one of the year round visitor centers any time of year: Canyon Rim or Sandstone. 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. Check out the links page on this website for links to area attractions and local communities.

Primitive camping, on a first come - first serve basis, is available without charge at a number of locations within the park.

Sandstone Visitor Center

Operating Hours and Seasons
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Senior Pass

Fees and Passes
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picnic shelter

Permits and Reservations
Check here for information about reserving shelters at Grandview and about permits and commercial use authorizations for activities and events in the park.more...

snow on trail

Be prepared and check the local forecast before hitting the trail or heading down the river. more...

dog at park overlook

For information and regulations about visiting the park with your pet, please check the Pets page. more...

clouds and gorge

Lost & Found
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Last updated: August 25, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508

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