New River Gorge National River
88 mi 141 km of trail — 4 Featured Hikes
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.
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.
Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for New River Gorge National River.
Camping & Lodging
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 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.
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.
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Maps & Guidebooks
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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Featured Hikes in New River Gorge National River - 4
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Endless Wall Trail
4.5 mi 7.3 km • Out and Back • 275 ft Ascent 83.83 m Ascent
Singletrack Fayetteville, WV( 24 )
Grandview Rim Loop
3.2 mi 5.1 km • Loop • 420 ft Ascent 127.96 m Ascent
Singletrack Stanaford, WV( 4 )
Sandstone Falls Loop
1.1 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 31 ft Ascent 9.42 m Ascent
Singletrack Hinton, WV( 3 )
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Glade Creek Trail
|5.7 mi 9.2 km||Daniels, WV||11|
Long Point Trail
|1.6 mi 2.5 km||Fayetteville, WV||10|
Castle Rock Trail
|0.5 mi 0.8 km||Stanaford, WV||2|
Kaymoor Miners Trail
|0.6 mi 1.0 km||Fayetteville, WV||5|
Big Branch Trail
|1.9 mi 3.1 km||Hinton, WV||3|
|0.6 mi 0.9 km||Fayetteville, WV||2|
|0.7 mi 1.2 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
|3.0 mi 4.8 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
|6.4 mi 10.2 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
Brooklyn - Southside Junction Trail
Oak Hill, WV
|6.2 mi 10.0 km||Oak Hill, WV||1|
|0.6 mi 0.9 km||Fayetteville, WV||
Fallen Trees - Checked with a NPS worker who told us about the conveyor trail. There was a slide but it is still passable. 2 spots at the top of the trail has fallen trees that you can navigate fairly easy through and then the rest of the trail is not bad to make it through. The Parking issue is being addressed and the NPS is working on a parking area at the mouth to avoid being on private property.
92 days ago
|0.6 mi 1.0 km||Fayetteville, WV||3|
Stone Cliff Trail
Oak Hill, WV
|3.0 mi 4.8 km||Oak Hill, WV||2|
Polls Plateau Trail
|4.7 mi 7.6 km||Daniels, WV||2|
|1.1 mi 1.7 km||Fayetteville, WV||2|
|8.8 mi 14.1 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
Grandview Rim Trail
|1.5 mi 2.3 km||Stanaford, WV||1|
Brooklyn Mine Trail
|2.9 mi 4.7 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
Timber Ridge Trail
|0.9 mi 1.4 km||Fayetteville, WV||1|
Kates Plateau Trail
|5.1 mi 8.2 km||Daniels, WV||
Bad / ClosedUpdate
5/4/19 sign says trail closed due to storm damage
40 days ago
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