New River Gorge National Park and Preserve 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.
There are several 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 (except War Ridge) provide easy access to the river for fishing and boating. Swimming is not recommended as 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 camping areas are:
At all campgrounds except for group sites, camping is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
The park has two camping areas available for group camping. Burnwood Group Campsite is located off U. S. Route 19 across from Canyon Rim Visitor Center. The Meadow Creek Campground is located near Sandstone Visitor Center off I-64.
Areas suitable for camping are located adjacent to trails such as Glade Creek, Brooklyn-Southside Junction, and Stone Cliff trails. Other sites are along the river, accessible by boat. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of developed trails.
For general camping information, call the main park number at 304-465-0508 (weekdays only).
To request an application for group camping, call 304-465-6517 (weekdays only).
Camping and Wildlife
Learn how to camp safely in bear habitat.
Check here for information and regulations concerning backpacking in the park.
Permits and Reservations
Information about reserving shelters and group campgrounds and about permits and commercial use authorizations for activities and events
Last updated: March 24, 2023