old coal mine safety sign over trail
An old safety sign at Kaymoor reminds workers to be safe.

NPS photo/Dave Bieri

We hope that your trip to New River Gorge National River will be a fun and memorable experience. Taking time to plan and prepare for your visit will better ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time. Look over the following items to better understand some of the possible hazards and safety issues you may encounter at New River Gorge.
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Water Safety

Find out how to be safe in and around the water

young girl hiking

Hiking Safety

Visit the Hiking Safety page for information about how to have a safe hike.

hands gripping the handlebars of a mountain bike on a trail

Biking Safety

Find out what you need to know to have a safe ride in the park.

rock climber rappelling off cliff with bridge in background

Rock Climbing Safety

Be safe when climbing in the park. Check here for more information.

bridge spanning a gorge

Driving on Park Roads

Learn about safely navigating the winding and narrow roads found throughout the park.

hiker walking alongside frozen waterfall

Heat and Cold Related Emergencies

Learn about what to do in a heat or cold related emergency.

black bear in forest

Camping and Wildlife

Learn how to camp safely in bear habitat.

copperhead snake

Snakes and Safety

Learn about the two venomous snakes found at New River Gorge.



Learn how to be safe in a lightning storm.

tick up close

Insects and Spiders

Learn how to stay safe from spider and tick bites.

poison ivy

Poison Ivy

Learn how to identify and avoid poison ivy.


Last updated: January 8, 2020

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


(304) 465-0508

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