Places To Go

cascading waterfall on river in a deep gorge
Sandstone Falls

Gary Hartley


There are many special places to visit in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The park offers breath-taking views from the rim of the gorge, a wide variety of plants and animals that make the park their home, and many historic sites that help tell the story of people in the area. There are places that offer the excitement of white-water rafting or rock climbing, to places more suited for relaxation and reflection. A good place to begin exploring this unique area is from one of the visitor centers. There you can get maps, information, ask questions, and plan your course through the park. Below is a list of places you may want to consider visiting during your time at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

Sandstone Visitor Center
Visitor Centers

Stop by one of the park's four visitor centers to find maps, information, learning opportunities, and help planning your visit

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel span in the western hemisphere, spans the New River Gorge, 876 feet over the river,

gorge and river with fall colors

Perched on the edge of the gorge 1400 feet above the river, Grandview provides some of the best views of the gorge

waterfall spanning across a river
Sandstone Falls

The largest waterfall on the New River, the spectacular Sandstone Falls drops the river 15 to 25 feet around a series of islands.

coal conveyor and tipple

The remains of a tipple, coal conveyor, coke ovens, and buildings tell the story of one of the gorge's most significant coal mining towns.

train depot

A historic RR town, Thurmond recaptures the days when steel rails, steam, and coal were the major themes in our nation's history.

bridge at bottom of gorge
Fayette Station Road

Exploring Fayette Station Road is to travel back in time before the modern New River Gorge Bridge was built in 1977.

railroad tunnel

The small town of Prince still has an operating railroad depot and is the jumping off place for the drive to Glade Creek.

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.

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.

bridge piers crossing a wide river
Glade Creek/Hamlet

The piers of the abandoned Glade Creek Bridge today mark the site of a former lumber mill and the remains of company logging towns.

Last updated: July 12, 2022

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