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88 mi 141 km of trail 4 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 27 Trails Intermediate Trails 15 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Established in 1978, New River Gorge National River is home to the spectacular landscape carved by the New River which is among the oldest rivers in the world. The park, which spans over 70,000 acres, stretches 53 miles along the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. A rugged, whitewater river, the New River has carved and continues to carve the longest and deepest river gorge in the Appalachian Mountains. The park is home to a varied and beautiful woodland surrounding the river that is rich in natural history and offers a variety of scenic and recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

To learn more about New River Gorge National River, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Hours of operation for certain visitor centers vary by season. To see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.
  • Canyon Rim Visitor Center: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
  • Sandstone Visitor Center: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
  • Thurmond Depot Visitor Center: Open daily June through August from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Grandview Visitor Center: Open daily June through August from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

New River Gorge National River is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The weather in the Appalachian Mountains can be unpredictable, and visitors are advised to be prepared for the possibility of sudden storms. The mountains are typically wetter and cooler than the surrounding area.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for New River Gorge National River.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
The park offers a choice of seven primitive campgrounds, most of which are located near the river. All sites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not accepted. There are no fees for camping and stays are limited to 14 days in the same campground. For more information on camping in the park, click here.

  • Stone Cliff Beach: Six walk-in and one vehicle site.
  • Army Camp: Eleven drive-in tent and RV sites.
  • Grandview Sandbar: Ten sites for tents and small-medium sized RVs, six walk-in tents sites, and two accessible sites (with handicapped permit displayed).
  • Glade Creek: Six walk-in tent sites and five drive-in sites for tents or small-medium RVs. One accessible site (with handicapped permit displayed).
  • War Ridge/Backus Mountain: Eight drive-in sites for tents or small RVs.
  • Brooklyn: Four walk-in sites and one drive-in site for tents only.
  • Thayer: Tent sites only.

Backcountry Camping:
Backcountry camping is permitted in areas adjacent to trails such as Glade Creek, Brooklyn-Southside Junction, and Stone Cliff trails. Other sites are along the river, accessible by boat. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of developed trails and at Grandview, Brookside Island, day-use areas, and within Bluestone National Scenic River.

Lodging:
There is no lodging within the park, but visitors looking to extend their stay nearby have their choice of cabins, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the nearby towns of Hawk's Nest, Pipestem Resort State Parks, Babcock, and Bluestone. For a listing of accommodations, call the West Virginia Division of Tourism at 1-800-CALLWVA, the Southern West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-VISITWV, or the New River CVB at 1-800-927-0263.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or food vendors located within the park. Visitors should come prepared with the necessary food and drink for their stay. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns outside of the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

New River Gorge National River offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

New River Gorge National River is renowned for its excellent variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you are interested in hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting, bird watching, camping, picnicking, or just taking in the stunning scenery, the park has something for everyone to enjoy. Commercial outfitters conduct trips down the river from April through October. The upper part of the river offers somewhat less challenging Class I to Class III rapids for whitewater canoeing. The Lower Gorge of the New River is a premier whitewater rafting location with rugged rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V. Also be sure to check out the great opportunities for rock climbing and mountain biking in the area.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

If you're interested in purchasing a guidebook that encompasses NRG as well as its surrounds, look no further than Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge, A Trail User's Guide. It includes elevation charts and maps for hikes, as well as historical context for the area.

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gem Favorite Long Point Overlook.

Long Point Overlook

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gem Favorite Nuttallburg coal chute.

Nuttallburg

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Featured Hikes in New River Gorge National River - 4

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Favorite Chilling on Diamond Point.
Easy/Intermediate

Endless Wall Trail

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Out and Back • 275 ft Ascent 83.83 m Ascent

(33) Fayette…, WV
Favorite Castle Rock Trail.
Intermediate

Grandview Rim Loop

3.2 mi 5.1 km • Loop • 420 ft Ascent 127.96 m Ascent

(4) Stanaford, WV
Favorite Nuttallburg coal chute.
Easy/Intermediate

Nuttallburg Loop

2.5 mi 4.1 km • Loop • 233 ft Ascent 71.02 m Ascent

(2) Fayette…, WV

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5.7 mi 9.2 km #1Glade Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Easy/Intermediate
5.7 mi 9.2 km Daniels, WV 12 
1.6 mi 2.5 km #2Long Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Easy/Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.5 km Fayetteville, WV 12 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Castle Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanaford, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Stanaford, WV
0.6 mi 1.0 km #4Kaymoor Miners Trail
Difficult
Fayetteville, WV
Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Fayetteville, WV
0.7 mi 1.2 km #5Bridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fayetteville, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Fayetteville, WV
0.6 mi 0.9 km #6Tipple Trail
Easy
Fayetteville, WV
Easy
0.6 mi 0.9 km Fayetteville, WV
2.7 mi 4.3 km #7Little Laurel Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanaford, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Stanaford, WV
0.4 mi 0.6 km #8Tunnel Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Stanaford, WV
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Stanaford, WV
3.0 mi 4.8 km #9Adena
Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Fayetteville, WV
6.4 mi 10.2 km #10Dalton
Easy/Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Easy/Intermediate
6.4 mi 10.2 km Fayetteville, WV
6.2 mi 10.0 km #11Brooklyn - Southside Junction Trail
Easy
Oak Hill, WV
Easy
6.2 mi 10.0 km Oak Hill, WV
1.9 mi 3.1 km #12Big Branch Trail
Intermediate
Hinton, WV
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Hinton, WV
1.5 mi 2.3 km #13Grandview Rim Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Stanaford, WV
Easy/Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.3 km Stanaford, WV
0.6 mi 0.9 km #14Conveyor Trail
Difficult
Fayetteville, WV
Difficult
0.6 mi 0.9 km Fayetteville, WV
0.6 mi 1.0 km #15Headhouse Trail
Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Fayetteville, WV
3.0 mi 4.8 km #16Stone Cliff Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Oak Hill, WV
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Oak Hill, WV
4.7 mi 7.6 km #17Polls Plateau Trail
Intermediate
Daniels, WV
Intermediate
4.7 mi 7.6 km Daniels, WV
1.1 mi 1.7 km #18Park Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km Fayetteville, WV
8.8 mi 14.1 km #19Kaymoor Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Easy/Intermediate
8.8 mi 14.1 km Fayetteville, WV
2.9 mi 4.7 km #20Brooklyn Mine Trail
Intermediate
Fayetteville, WV
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.7 km Fayetteville, WV

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