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.

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:
activity schedule
Beginner Mountain Biking Clinic
October 12; 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.

Rend NRG 100 Mile Challenge Hike
October 1, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Rend Trail parking area on Route 25 near Thurmond.
3 miles.
Start your day with a hike along a mountain stream. Explore local stories of history as we hike this old Rend railroad line, plus discover the beauties of autumn plants too.

Step Back in Time Thurmond Walk

October 1, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Location: parking area (road fork) just before the bridge over New River near Thurmond on Route 25.
1.5 mile walk.
Feel like you're taking a step back in time as you walk the bridge to Thurmond, tour the depot, and the historic district of this once thriving railroad town, the heart of the New River Gorge

National Parks Matinee
Every Saturday in October, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing
Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with a close up look at these special places across America. Each park has its own story to discover.

National Fossil Day
October 14, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing. Come and go as you please for this celebration for paleontology and geology, West Virginia's prehistoric times. Learn about the formation of our modern world through hands-on discovery of fossils and fossil replicas. National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service rangers help guide you through this story of time

Junior Ranger Station
October 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing Have fun learning about national parks as you earn a Junior Ranger badge. Come and go as you please, as you complete fun activities to build your discoveries of nature, history, and outdoor fun.

Haunted History Hike
October 29; 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
2 miles
Location: Rend Trail parking area on Route 25 near Thurmond. 2 miles. Hear how local history connects to the legends and superstitions of Appalachia on this hike into the dark of night. Bring a flashlight.

Arrowhead Volunteer Trail Work Day
October 22, 8:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Arrowhead trailhead parking area at the end Kaymoor No. 1 Road, off Gatewood Road near Fayetteville. Help care for the Arrowhead trails, including drain clearing and tree debris clean up. Bring plenty of water and lunch/snacks. Wear long sleeves, pants, and boots. Work gloves will be provided or bring your own. An appreciation cookout will follow the day's work.

Venison 101
October 27; 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
*This program has been cancelled.

Bluestone Walk
1.5 hours, 2 miles
October 1 and 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.

*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)

Haunted History Hike flier

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Mailing Address:

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


(304) 465-0508

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