Guided Activities

ranger with visitor
 

Guided activities led by park rangers and park partners provide an opportunity to learn more about the natural world around us and the people who shaped our past. Discover the diversity of nature in the gorge, learn about the rich cultural history of coal mining, railroading, logging, and subsistence farming, learn how to be safe on the river, or join a ranger for a guided hike. Programs are offered throughout the year, but primarily during the spring, summer, and fall months. All programs are free of charge and everyone is welcome.


Throughout the year groups may arrange programs as staffing permits. Please call or email the park if you would like a park ranger to present a program for your group.

 

Upcoming Activities:

 
February Activity schedule
 
March 2017 Activity Schedule
 
 
*Snowshoe Hike on Park Loop Trailhead
February 18, 2:00 PM
Location: Park Loop Trailhead
This free public program will get you comfortable and confident exploring our national parks in the winter. Snowshoes that strap on to your personal shoes will be provided, so wear warm shoes that you are comfortable wearing in the snow. We will assist you in putting on the gear and learning how to walk on top of the snow. Spaces are limited to 15 adults and 5 youth due to availability of equipment.
Directions: From Court Street (State Route 16) in Fayetteville, turn left on Fayette Avenue, then right onto Park Drive. Follow signs toward Fayetteville Town Park. At the stop sign (Town Park) continue on Park Drive 0.2 miles; turn right onto driveway to trailhead parking area.

Winter Sports Demo at Grandview
February 25, 12:00-4:00 PM
Location: Grandview Playground Shelter
This free public program will offer samples of several sports you can do all winter long throughout our national parks. Try cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, snowball throwing competitions, and a hot chocolate bar. This event is free and family friendly. No advanced signups are required and folks can come and go as they please during the demo.

*Cross Country Ski Trek on the Timber Ridge Trail
March 11, 10:00-12:00 PM
Location: Timber Ridge Trailhead
This free public program will get you comfortable and confident exploring our national parks through the winter. Cross country skis will be provided. We will assist you in putting on the gear and learning how to use the skis. Dress in layers for cold weather. Spaces are limited to 15 adults and 5 youth due to availability of equipment.
Directions: From U.S. 19, follow Route 16 south through Fayetteville. Turn left on Gatewood Road (Kaymoor and Cunard sign). Follow Gatewood Road for 2.0 miles, and turn left on Newton Road. The trail begins 50 yards up on the left.

*Cross Country Ski Trek on Woodland Loop Trail
March 14, 5:00-7:00 PM
Locaion: Grandview Shelter #2
This free public program will get you comfortable and confident exploring our national parks through the winter. Cross country skis will be provided for a one mile excursion. We will assist you in putting on the gear and learning how use the skis. Dress in layers for cold weather. Spaces are limited to 15 adults and 5 youth due to availability of equipment.

*Snowshoe Hike at Camp Brookside
March 19, 10:00-12:00 PM;
Location: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center
This free public program is a 1 mile hike in snowshoes that will get you comfortable and confident exploring our national parks through the winter. Snowshoes that strap on to your personal shoes will be provided, so wear warm shoes that you are comfortable wearing in the snow. We will assist you in putting on the gear and learning how to walk on top of the snow. Spaces are limited to 15 adults and 5 youth due to availability of equipment.

Sunset Hike on Endless Wall Trail
March 28, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Fern Creek Trailhead
Follow 2 miles of the Endless Wall Trail during sunset hours.
Directions: turn off Route 19 on Lansing-Edmond Road, located just north of the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Fern Creek Trailhead is located 1.3 miles (just before Fern Creek) down this road.

  • All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.
  • Reservations are required for marked activities (*). Call 304-894-2129 or email getactiveinthepark@gmail.com in advance of the activity.
  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for all hikes. Water, snack, camera, and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along.
  • All snow dependent programs will continue as a hike if there is no snow.
  • Stop by or contact any park visitor center for updates to this month’s activity schedule. Additional adventures may be scheduled.
Location of programs conducted at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center: 309 North Mullens Road, Brooks, West Virginia
 
 
Park Rx Day 2017 flier

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(304) 465-0508

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