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