Basic Information

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Louise McLaughlin



New River Gorge National Park and Preserve protects and preserves 53 miles of the New River as well as over 70,000 acres of the magnificent gorge that this river created.

The park is 53 miles long. Having a good map is essential. A park map can be obtained at any park visitor center. Many roads are narrow and winding. Allow extra time when exploring.

Stop at Canyon Rim or Sandstone Visitor Centers any time of year. Visitor centers at Grandview and Thurmond are seasonal, generally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check the Visitor Centers page for current hours.

There are plenty of things to do in the gorge, from rafting to rock climbing to hiking. The possibilities are endless!

Food, lodging, and full service campgrounds are plentiful in the gateway communities surrounding the park, including Hinton, Fayetteville, and Beckley.

Primitive camping, on a first come - first serve basis, is available without charge at a number of locations within the park.

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Operating Hours and Seasons

Check here for operating hours of park visitor centers.

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Fees and Passes

Information about fees and park passes

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Permits and Reservations

Information about reserving shelters at Grandview and about permits and commercial use authorizations for activities and events in the park

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Lost and Found

Leave something behind? Fill out a lost and found report.

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Be prepared and check the local forecast before hitting the trail or heading down the river.

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Find out about visiting the park with your pet.


Last updated: January 19, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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



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