New River Gorge National River provides opportunities for primitive camping only. Camping areas are located along the river. These primitive camping areas have no drinking water or hookups, and limited restroom facilities. All sites are managed on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not accepted. There are no fees for camping. Stays are limited to 14 days in the same area. Developed campgrounds are available at state parks and private campgrounds throughout the surrounding area.
There are seven primitive camping areas within the park, as well as one at Gauley River National Recreation Area. All are located on maintained gravel roads, but are often located some distance from service stations, markets, and telephones. All of the camping areas provide easy access to the river for fishing and swimming. When swimming, be advised that the New River has powerful currents, rocky banks and shoals, and sudden dropoffs. Always treat the New River with respect and wear a life jacket!
The eight camping areas are:
At Army Camp, Glade Creek, Grandview Sandbar, Stone Cliff and War Ridge camping is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
Directions to Burnwood Group Campsite: Burnwood shelter is located on U.S. Route 19 just north of Fayetteville and directly across the highway from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
Directions to Dunglen Group Campsite: From US 19 north of Beckley take the Glen Jean exit. Take an immediate left, and go 0.5 miles to Glen Jean. Take a right turn and follow signs to Thurmond on WV 25. (you will take a left at the first stop sign in front of a historic bank building, then veer left at the next intersection). Continue on Rt 25 for 6 miles to a three way intersection. Bear right. The Dunglen shelter will be on your left. The group camping area is located just behind and below the shelter
To request an application for group camping, call 304-465-6517 (weekdays only).