Plan Your Visit

Colored photograph of two hikers, overlooking the gorge, facing towards the New River Gorge Bridge in the distance.
Hikers gaze at the New River Gorge Bridge from the overlook on the Long Point Trail.

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!

For Adventure and Recreation

For the History Buff

  • Visit a historic railroad town at Thurmond.

Activities with Kids

For Adventure and Recreation

For the History Buff

  • Visit one of the most extensive coal town ruins in the country at Nuttallburg.

Activities with Kids

For Adventure and Recreation

  • Go biking on a rail trail or mountain bike on the 

For the History Buff

Activies with Kids

  • Get out on the river – schedule an easy family friendly boat trip.
Places to Go

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

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Things to Do

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

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Directions to visitor centers and other park locations.

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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

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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

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Fees and Passes

Information about fees and park passes

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

Last updated: October 27, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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



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