Grandview provides some of the most dramatic scenery found in the park and is a popular place for hiking, picnicing, and sight seeing.
Grandview is a peaceful place to relax and unwind while enjoying outstanding views of the New River. From 1400 feet above the river at Main Overlook, visitors are rewarded with one of the most outstanding views in the park. On a clear day you can see directly into the heart of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, including seven miles of the New River and its watershed. From Main Overlook visitors can also get a glimpse of some of the gorge's unique cultural history. From here you see an active railway and the town of Quinnimont, where the first coal was shipped out of the gorge in 1873. Don't miss the views from Turkey Spur Overlook, and be sure to walk the woodland trails.
The Grandview section of the park includes 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. Information about renting picnic shelters at Grandview can be found on the Permits and Reservations page of this website. Grandview is home to Theatre West Virginia, which features outdoor drama presentations from June through August.
To reach Grandview from Beckley follow I-64 East five miles to Exit 129 B. From Lewisburg follow I-64 West forty miles to Exit 129. From either exit, turn right and follow Route 9 North six miles to Grandview.
Season and Hours
The Grandview area is open year-round. Grandview Visitor Center normally opens in June through August: Closed fall, winter, and spring.
Grandview Visitor Center
The Grandview Visitor Center overlooks the deepest part of the gorge.
Learn more about the beautiful rhododendrons found at Grandview and throughout the park.
Explore the Gorge Video: Grandview
Explore the fantastic views, wildlife, and history of the Grandview area with Park Ranger Renee Hemmelgarn.
Last updated: January 25, 2021