Hiking at New River Gorge

A hiker  in the distance walking along the trail surrounded by bright green leafed trees.
Hiker on the Glade Creek Trail

NPS/Dave Bieri


New River Gorge National Park and Preserve provides a variety of different trails throughout the park. Peaceful forest trails, superb overlooks, and historic scenery are all found here. The trails available consist of park service trails that are marked and maintained, trails within lands administered by state parks, and undeveloped trails and abandoned roads.

Trails range from 1/4 mile to 7 miles in length. Several can be easily connected to make for longer excursions. Difficulty varies from flat, smooth walking to steep challenging terrain. Trail recommendations and maps are offered at Canyon Rim, Grandview, Sandstone, and Thurmond visitor centers. Much of the land within the national park and preserve authorized boundaries remains private property: please respect the owners' rights.


Trail Etiquette

  • Pack it in, Pack it out. Pocket all your trash, including cigarette butts and candy wrappers, and dispose of it properly.

  • Wildflowers, wildlife, and historic objects all contribute to the beauty we came to see. Leave them undisturbed.

  • Keep pets on a leash at all times.

  • Bicycles are only permitted on designated bike trails.

  • Courtesy and common sense on the trail can help provide an enjoyable experience for all. Respect the rights of others.


Hiking Trail Information:

backcountry campsite


Check here for information and regulations concerning backpacking in the park.

young girl hiking

Hiking Safety

Visit the Hiking Safety page for information about how to have a safe hike.

hiker at overlook

100 Mile Challenge

Celebrate parks and health by hiking 100 miles on trails in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River.


Last updated: November 28, 2021

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