New River Gorge 100 Mile Challenge

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Join the National Park Service, Active Southern West Virginia, and the YMCA of Southern WV and help celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service by becoming a Hundred Mile Hiker along the trails of New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River. Starting January 1st, 2016, keep track of miles you've hiked in the park and when you reach that magic number –100 –you will earn a special prize that places you in that elite group of wilderness pedestrians. The first 100 people to complete the challenge will also receive an additional award!

Hike alone or with a group. Group hikes will be led monthly throughout the year at different locations in the park. Like spontaneity? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter –when the weather's nice, we might just suggest a hike.

To register for the challenge, send your name and email address to NewRiverGorge100MileChallenge@nps.gov. Call (304-465-2515) or message us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps) or Twitter (twitter.com/NewRiverNPS) for more information. We'll be sending out monthly emails, posts and tweets to advertise walks and you can share your hikes with us via your favorite mobile hiking app on our Facebook page. Just hashtag it #NRG100mi.

So come along and help us turn 100 –we'd love to hike a trail with you!

Download the Mileage Log:
Download the hike log to keep track of your miles. When you have reached 100 miles, turn in the completed log at Canyon Rim or Sandstone Visitor Center to receive your decal.

 
More Information:
For further information and answers to questions you may have about the challenge, check out our Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

To learn more about about hiking trails in the park, please visit our hiking page for trail mileages, maps, and information or download the New River Gorge Trail Guide.
 
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Is your dog joining you for the challenge?
Dogs are great companions for enjoying the outdoors and are allowed on trails in New River Gorge National River. By popular demand, canine companions can participate in this challenge. To complete this challenge, each participating pet must hike 100 miles in the park with their human companion.

To register your dog, simply add your pet's name to your email when you register for this challenge (and indicate that this is a pet). Keep track of the miles your dog hikes in the park along with your own miles. Dogs who hike 100 miles will receive a special pet award.

Please respect all visitors to parks and help protect site resources by following the park's pet policies:

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Leashes protect pets from becoming lost, from hazardous wildlife encounters, and from scaring or threatening wildlife. Leashes also protect other visitors who may be afraid, allergic, or who do not want a pet approaching them.
  • Pick up your pet's excrement. It is unpleasant to encounter and degrades the park's ecosystem.
  • Bring water for your pet do drink on your hikes. Streams may contain bacteria or parasites such as Giardia that are harmful to you and your pet.
 

Upcoming Hikes:

* Reservation REQUIRED for most of these hikes: 304-894-2129 or getactiveinthepark@gmail.com

Dates and Locations:

  • July 1, 7:00 am to 9:30 am, Endless Wall Trail, 3 miles, meet at Nuttall Trailhead on Lansing-Edmond Road in Lansing. * RSVP - first eight cars (carpool encouraged).
  • July 8, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Long Point Trail, 3.2 miles, meet at Long Point trailhead off Gatewood Road near Fayetteville. * RSVP - first 15 cars.
  • July 12, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Rend Trail, 3.2 miles, meet at Rend Trailhead of Route 25 near Thurmond. * RSVP - first 12 cars.
  • July 18, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Park Loop Trail, 1.5 miles, meet at Park Loop trailhead parking area on Park Drive near Fayetteville Town Park in Fayetteville. * RSVP.
  • July 29, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Grandview Rim Trail, 4 miles, meet at Grandview Visitor Center.
  • August 2, 7:00 to 8:30 pm Location: Rend Trail (2 miles) off Route 25 near Thurmond.
  • August 12, 7:30 to 9:30 pm (hike plus star watching) Location: Burnwood Loop Trail (1½ miles) at Burnwood Day Use Area on Route 19 in Lansing. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for star watching.
  • August 16, 7:00 to 8:30 pm Location: Endless Wall Trail from Fern Creek Parking on Lansing-Edmond Road in Lansing. Hike to Diamond Point and back (2 miles total).


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(304) 465-0508

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