Guided Activities

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Ranger led programs can be fun for all ages.


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Guided hikes are a great way to learn about the natural world around you.

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There is plenty of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve to explore on your own, but if you're looking for a guided experience, ranger-led programs are for you!

Whether you're here for an afternoon or multiple days of programming, park rangers are here to help you understand, appreciate, and take care of your newest national park.

There are variety of ranger programs offered throughout each week of the summer, stop in at any of New River Gorge’s four visitor centers to inquire about any daily activities taking place.

Things to know:

  • All programs are beginner level and low impact.
  • All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.
  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for all hikes.
  • Water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera are useful tools to bring along.
  • All activities follow Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.
  • Terrain may be uneven.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times while on federal land. Leash lengh may not exceed 6ft. You must clean up after your pet.

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Ranger programs are for visitors of all ages.

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Last updated: July 12, 2022

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Glen Jean , WV 25846



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