Guided Activities

stand up paddle boarders on the river
Participants learn about stand up paddle boarding on a Get Active in the Park event.

Join a ranger or park partner for free hikes, talks, and activities. These guided activities provide an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us, experience our rich cultural history, try something new, or just explore a new part of your national parks.

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.

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.
  • All equipment will be provided.


Upcoming Activities:



Date/Time Activity Description Location
Thursday, April 15, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM
Get Active in the Park High Fitness and Yoga Come join Active Southern West Virginia Community Captain Sarah Caldwell Edwards for a new fun fitness opportunity, a fun fitness class that incorporates interval training with pop music, and intense easy-to-follow fitness choreography..
Burnwood Day Use site (across Rt 19 from Canyon Rim Visitor Center)
Sunday April 18, 2021
3:00 PM
Get Active in the Park Glade Creek Hike Join WVU Tech Adventure Recreation student Active Southern West Virginia Community Captains for a hike on this hidden gem of a trail to see beautiful flora and fauna and get a peek at some scenic waterfalls.
Lower Glade Creek trailhead in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve (near New River and next to Glade Creek Primitive Campground across the river from Prince, WV).
Friday April 23, 2021
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Earth Stewardship Project: Garlic Mustard Pull Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy walking shoes, and work gloves, plus bring water and lunch. Help park natural resource staff stop the spread of garlic mustard, a non-native, invasive plant that out-competes native herbs and wildflowers. RESERVATIONS requested by April 22 (limited to 10 participants): 304-465-6534 or
Rend trailhead off Rt. 25 near Thurmond
Friday, April 23, 2021
6:00-8:00 PM
Friday and the Frogs to the small ponds at Grandview in search of the sights and sounds of amphibians. Be prepared for moderate terrain on this 1.5-mile walk. RESERVATIONS required by April 22 (limit 25 participants): 304-465-2632 or
Meet at Grandview Visitor Center
Saturday April 24, 2021
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Hike into Spring Remix Join naturalists on a leisurely 5.0-mile hike from New River up to Grandview and back on the Little Laurel Trail, finding wildflowers and other natural wonders along the way. Be prepared for some steep terrain on this old dirt road. Bring a lunch and your favorite field guide if desired. RESERVATIONS required by April 23 (limit 25 participants): 304-465-2632 or
Lower Little Laurel trailhead (on Glade Creek Road near the junction of Rt. 41, just across the river from Prince, WV).
Sunday, April 25, 2021
10:00-11:30 AM
Nature Journaling with a Ranger Join a ranger to learn and practice nature journaling for ages 12 and up. Art supplies provided or bring your own. Bring a camp stool if desired (if you don’t want to sit on the ground). RESERVATIONS required by April 24 (limit 10 participants): 304-465-2632 or
Lower Glade Creek trailhead (near New River and next to Glade Creek Primitive Campground across the river from Prince, WV).
Sunday, April 25, 2021
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
New River Old Growth Hike Discover nature of the forest near New River, including old-growth trees, on this six-mile round trip hike. Bring water and lunch.
RESERVATIONS required by April 23 (limit 25 participants): 304-465-2632 or
Stone Cliff Trailhead just over a mile from Thurmond, WV.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
3:00-5:00 PM
BAC Nature Quick Sketch Art Field Trip Discover nature through art in this FREE quick sketch drawing workshop let by Beckley Art Center instructor Beni Holley. See detailed activity description for materials needed on event listing. RESERVATIONS required: BAC Art Field Trip ft. Quick Sketch Tickets, Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite or
Grandview’s Playground Shelter near the Grandview Visitor Center
Saturday, May 8, 2021
2:00-4:30 PM
Turkey Spur Orchid Trek Hike the Grandview Rim Trail in search of orchids and other wildflowers. Be prepared for moderate terrain on this 3-mile walk. RESERVATIONS required by May 7 (limit 25 participants): 304-465-2632 or
Meet at Picnic Shelter 1 parking lot at Gradview
Sunday, May 16, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM
Rhodo Wander Take a leisurely stroll around the side to see and photograph the beautiful blooms of Catawba Rhododendron.
Meet at Grandview Visitor Center
For more Spring Nature Fling events in the New River Gorge region, go to the Spring Nature Fling page for a full listing of events throughout April and May.
For all Get Active in the Park events: Participants will be asked to sign an online waiver. Before arriving at the event check out for more information.

*Your safety is important. Masks are required when you check in, while walking within 6 feet of others, and during any group discussions. There will be time to take a mask break when spaced along the trail away from others outside of your household.
Get Active in the Park is an innovative partnership between the National Park Service and Active Southern West Virginia. Trained Community Captains deliver free, beginner-level instructional programs to the New River Gorge region. Get Active in the Park empowers our community to see outdoor spaces as a place for health and wellness to take place. For more information about any of our Get Active in the Park Partner Programs, call 304-894-2129 or email Check out the Event Calendar for more information and directions to the meeting locations.

Last updated: April 15, 2021

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


(304) 465-0508

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