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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

The view of the New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point

The view of the New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point / Photo by Scott Tribble

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is a unit of the United States National Park Service (NPS) designed to protect and maintain the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. Established in 1978 as a national river and redesignated in 2020, the park and preserve stretches for 53 miles (85 km) from just downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. The park is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities. New River Gorge is home to some of the country’s best whitewater rafting, mainly from the Cunard put-in to the Fayette Station take-out, and is also one of the most popular climbing areas on the East Coast. The New River itself originates in North Carolina, flowing north through Virginia into the West Virginia mountains to the Kanawha River which continues to the Ohio River.

President Jimmy Carter signed legislation establishing New River Gorge National River on November 10, 1978 (Pub.L. 95–625). As stated in the legislation, the park was established as a unit of the national park system “for the purpose of conserving and interpreting outstanding natural, scenic, and historic values and objects in and around the New River Gorge, and preserving as a free-flowing stream an important segment of the New River in West Virginia for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. ” The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act was incorporated into the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, changing the designation to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Less than 10% of the original national river was redesignated as a national park, where hunting is no longer permitted, while the remainder is a national preserve with little change.

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Nearby Locations:

Grandview (3.5 miles)
Thurmond (6.4 miles)
Glade Creek Grist Mill (8.8 miles)
Long Point Trail (12.3 miles)
Fayette Station Road (13.5 miles)
New River Gorge Bridge (13.6 miles)
Mystery Hole (18.1 miles)
Kanawha Falls (20.7 miles)
Cathedral Falls (20.8 miles)
Lost World Caverns (32.3 miles)
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Maps & Directions:

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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, 162 Visitor Center Rd
Lansing, West Virginia 25862

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