Plan Your Visit

hikers looking at bridge
Hikers gaze at the New River Gorge Bridge from an overlook.

Louise McLaughlin


Planning Your Visit

There are plenty of things to do at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. You are only limited by the amount of time you have to spend here. Use the table below to start thinking about what might work well for you, given the amount of time you'll be here. There are plenty more things to do other than what is listed below - this is just a starting point.

Duration of Visit Activities with Kids Recommended for All Ages For the History Buff Adventure and Recreation
Half day or less
  • Visit a historic railroad town at Thurmond.
Full day
  • Visit one of the most extensive coal town ruins in the country at Nuttallburg.
Two or more days
  • Get out on the river – schedule an easy family friendly boat trip.

  • Go biking on a rail trail or mountain bike on the Arrowhead Trails.

Places to Go

Places throughout the park that you won't want to miss.

hikers on the trail

Things to Do

Check out all of the many recreational activities available at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

bridge spanning gorge


Directions to visitor centers and other park locations.

visitor center

Visitor Centers

Begin your trip to the park by stopping at one of the park's four visitor centers.

Grandview Visitor Center

Basic Information

Basic information for trip planning including operating hours and seasons

picnic shelter

Permits and Reservations

Information about reserving shelters and group campgrounds and about permits and commercial use authorizations for activities and events

visitors in wheel chairs on boardwalk trail


Find out about accessible areas throughout the park.

Stand up paddle boarders on the river

Guided Activities

Find out what interpretive programs are going on in the park.



Making purchases from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve bookstores supports park activities

park passes

Fees and Passes

Information about fees and park passes

snow covered trees


Be prepared and check the local forecast before hitting the trail or heading down the river.

Last updated: July 14, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508

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