New River Gorge National River

Overview

A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway. This unit of the National Park System encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

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Seasonality / Weather

The park is open year-round. Canyon Rim and Sandstone Visitor Centers are open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Thurmond Depot and Grandview operate seasonally June through August. Thurmond Depot's seasonal hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Grandview is open seasonally from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.

Directions

Driving: 

Highway access is from Route 19, between Beckley and Hico, and from I-64, between Mossy and Sandstone.

Flying: 

Charleston WV, approximately 70 miles northwest of the park, is the closest major airport. Some flights are also available nearby at Beckley WV.

Public Transport: 

Amtrak service is available to three locations in the park, three days a week. The Cardinal, traveling between Chicago and New York, NY, makes scheduled stops at Hinton and Prince, with Thurmond as a flag stop for passengers with reservations.

Greyhound has a bus terminal in Beckley.

Taxi services are based in Oak Hill and Beckley.