Guided Activities

ranger with visitors

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.

Get Active in the Park:

This summer, the National Park Service at New River Gorge National River and Active Southern West Virginia have teamed up to bring free, beginner-level programs to the New River Gorge Region. All programs are free and open to the public. All equipment and supplies will be provided. All programs are listed on the Activity Schedule below:
September 2016 Activity Schedule
Tai Chi
September 21, 2016; 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
September 26, 2016; 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks;Meet at the Mess Hall Porch. *
Wear comfortable shoes for this indoor, beginner level Tai Chi Qi Gong.

Outdoor Yoga
September 8, 2016; 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
September 21, 2016; 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks*
Find your breath right on the river's edge.

Beginner Mountain Biking Clinic
September 28, 2016; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks. Learn basic mountain biking techniques. Must be 14 and older. Bikes and helmets will be provided.

Cooking Class: Tips for Healthy Eating
September 22, 2016; 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks* Learn healthy cooking techniques and new recipes. Meet at Camp Brookside Mess Hall. *RSVP Required

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
September 10, 2016; 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 11, 2016; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
September 14, 2016: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
September 23, 2016; 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks*
Learn to float on flat water. All equipment provided.
Reservations required: 304-894-2129 or

Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing
September 14, 2016;5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center. Must be 14 or older. Must know how to swim, have a fishing license, and supply your own fishing gear. Stand Up Paddle Boards, paddles, PFDs, and instruction will be provided. *RSVP Required: 304-894-2129 or

Photowalk at Nuttallburg
September 24, 2016; 11:00 am
Meet in the Nuttallburg parking lot with your phone or camera on this 1 mile guided hike to capture stunning shots of the ghost town of Nuttallburg.

Brookside Guided Hikes
September 9, 2016: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Full Moon Hike)
September 20, 2016; 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Astronomy Hike)
LOCATION: All Camp Brookside guided hikes meet at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center in Brooks;Meet at the Mess Hall Porch. * Wear comfortable shoes for a moderate walk and bring water. All field guides, binoculars and materials provided.

National Public Lands Day Service Project
September 24,2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm,
Location: check in at GrandviewVisitor Center
Join Friends of New River Gorge National River to lend a hand in the park. Restore the Tunnel Trail, recently impacted by arson. Bring a lunch. Wear pants and close toed shoes. Work gloves and water provided. Come when you can and stay as long as you like during this time

Bluestone Walk
1.5 hours, 2 miles
Every Saturday from Memorial Day through October 8, 2016
10:00 am to 11:30 am
LOCATION: base of Pipestem Resort State Park tram
Meet a ranger at the bottom of Pipestem's tramway to walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2.25 for the return tram ride.

Bluestone Turnpike Hike
September 4, 2016; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6 hours, 10 miles
LOCATION: base of Pipestem Resort State Park tram
Take a walk on the wild side through Bluestone National Scenic River and explore the diversity of this remote area. Meet a ranger at the bottom of Pipestem Resort's tramway to hike the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, which runs along the Bluestone River to Bluestone State Park. A FREE shuttle is provided for the return trip to Pipestem. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring lunch, and water. Reservations required: 304-894-2129 or

*Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center is located at 309 N Mullens Rd. in Brooks, WV (just north of the Summers County High School on Route 20)

Visit the Hidden History Weekend page for more info on all Hidden History Weekend events.


Other Upcoming Events:

American Indian re-enactment
On the Trail to Peace
Saturday, September 3, 2016

New River Gorge National River is hosting a special living history program, "On the Trail to Peace", at Sandstone Visitor Center on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Local living history educators Ronald, Gwendolyn, and Roslyn McAllister will join Dianne Anestis and Doug Wood to engage visitors in interactive demonstrations. In the late 1760s, the middle ground between European settlements and American Indian Nations was alive with diplomats opening up trade and peace negotiations after the end of a decade of war. Join the living history interpreters of Trails Inc. as they portray a diplomatic party traveling through the New River Gorge region to negotiate peace between northern and southern native nations, formerly at war.

Materials and protocols of diplomacy, trade, and long-distance travel will be discussed, displayed, and demonstrated in an interactive setting of a peace mission encampment. Ongoing demonstrations on wampum manufacture, belt making, and kinnikinnick making will be presented throughout the day. Special activities include a medicinal plant walk at 11:00 am and a treaty protocol demonstration at 1:00 pm. At 3:00 pm, Cherokee War Leader, Ostenaco (portrayed by Doug Wood of the WV Humanities Council History Alive! program) will council with visitors at the visitor center to discuss the peace negotiations that he was involved with at the end of the Cherokee War with the Colonies, and his trip to England to visit with King George the Third.

In the event of inclement weather, the demonstrations will be moved indoors. This program is free and visitors of all ages are welcome. Stop by any time between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Sandstone Visitor Center is located just north of the I-64 and State Route 20 interchange at exit 139 (the Hinton/Sandstone exit). For more information call Sandstone Visitor Center at 304-466-0417.

visitors at mine ruins

Hidden History Weekend
September 23-25, 2016

Celebrate the wonders of Appalachian heritage, the rich sites and stories of our area's diverse history! Free programs will take place at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Tamarack, and Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, and Pipestem Resort State Parks. more...


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


(304) 465-0508

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