Off the Beaten Path

Color photo of a green hill with a white wooden farmhouse in the center. Small wood outbuildings flank the house and a white picket fence surrounds them all. Behind all is a forested hill with a blue sky.
White farmhouse with a white picket fence.

NPS photo/ Dave Bieri

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is seeing record visitation. If you are looking for trails and places to spread out and be at one with nature, we have a few phenomenal suggestions that will help you literally get off the beaten path.
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Sandstone Visitor Center

Visit our green design visitor center in the south end of the park.

coal miners
African American Heritage Auto Tour

Journey along a self guided auto tour that helps tell the story of the African American experience in the gorge.

white farmhouse
Trump-Lilly Farm

The collection of buildings preserved at Trump-Lilly Farm take visitors back to the early days of Appalachian subsistence farming.

old chestnut log barn
Richmond Hamilton Farm

This early subsistence farm offers a glimpse of what life was like for early settlers in this region.

river and gorge with blooming rhododendrons
Grandview Area Trails

Grandview area trails offer spectacular views, rock formations, and woodlands.

Sandstone Brooks Area Trails

There are several excellent trails in the south end of the park, just a short drive from Sandstone Visitor Center.

Thurmond-Stone Cliff-Cunard Area Trails

There are several easy to moderate hiking trails, many utilizing old roads and railroad grades, in the Thurmond area.

Last updated: April 27, 2022

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