New River Gorge National Park

New River Gorge National Park

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VISIT New River Gorge National Park:

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve is one of America’s newest national parks. A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through the deep canyons of the Appalachians, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. This West Virginian park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

Place to Stay While Visiting

The park does not have any lodging facilities, but motels, cabins, and bed & breakfasts are available in surrounding towns. Nearby Hawks Nest and Pipestem Resort State Parks have lodges, and Babcock, Bluestone, and Pipestem Resort State Parks have cabins for rent.

Nearby Towns:

  • Fayetteville, WV (3 miles away)
  • Oak Hill, WV (9 miles)
  • Mount Hope, WV (16 miles)
  • Summersville, WV (23 miles)
  • Beckley, WV (30 miles)
  • Montgomery, WV (33 miles)

Park Details

New River Gorge National Park was established on November 10, 1978, and has a total area of 70,000 acres (109 square miles, or 283 square kilometers).

Address 104 Main Street, Glen Jean, WV, 25846
Phone304 465-0508
HoursThe park is open year-round, but the visitor centers are open daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but closed in January.
Entrance FeeFree
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

New River Gorge National Park is the 47th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit New River Gorge National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit New River Gorge National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit New River Gorge National Park are July, June, August & September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits33,85636,361103,151126,454151,995220,558288,827212,484178,614173,459110,36846,593
Precipitation10910614112312795104818883103121
Avg Temp394250616874787772625242
Max Temp596168767983858582766960
Avg Temp242633435159636155453527
Min Temp461223354552513929199
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

New River Gorge National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where New River Gorge National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
DC, Shenandoah, New River Gorge to Great Smoky Mountains7679

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to New River Gorge National Park.

NameDistance
Gauley River National Recreation Area21 mi
Bluestone National Scenic River29 mi
Booker T. Washington National Monument92 mi
Blue Ridge National Parkway100 mi
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park131 mi
Red River Gorge Geological Area139 mi
Friendship Hill National Historic Site140 mi
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park143 mi
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park143 mi
Fort Necessity National Battlefield151 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near New River Gorge National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Stone Cliff - New River National Scenic RiverOak Hill, WV more 2 miles
Plum Orchard Lake WMAScarbro, WV more 7 miles
Army Camp - New River National Scenic RiverLayland, WV more 7 miles
Grandview/Glade - New River National Scenic RiverBeaver, WV more 7 miles
Babcock State ParkDanese, WV more 8 miles
War Ridge - New River National Scenic RiverMeadow Bridge, WV more 10 miles
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine CampgroundBeckley, WV more 14 miles
Lake Stephens CampgroundBeckley, WV more 16 miles
Battle RunSummerville, WV more 20 miles
Bluestone State ParkWhite Oak, WV more 25 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of New River Gorge National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
WinterplaceGhent, WV3,600 ft31%6 mi
Snowshoe MountainSnowshoe, WV4,848 ft41%56 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into New River Gorge National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to New River Gorge National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
John Glenn Columbus International AirportCMHColumbus, OH171 mi
Pittsburgh International AirportPITPittsburgh, PA181 mi
Charlotte Douglas International AirportCLTCharlotte, NC190 mi
Raleigh-Durham International AirportRDURaleigh/Durham, NC192 mi
Washington Dulles International AirportIADWashington, DC207 mi
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportCVGCincinnati / Covington, KY208 mi
Richmond International AirportRICRichmond, VA208 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to New River Gorge National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Raleigh County Memorial AirportBKWBeckley, WV12 mi
Yeager AirportCRWCharleston, WV40 mi
Mercer County AirportBLFBluefield, WV46 mi
Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional AirportROARoanoke, VA75 mi
Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson FieldHTSHuntington, WV85 mi
Mid Ohio Valley Regional AirportPKBParkersburg, WV98 mi
North Central West Virginia AirportCKBClarksburg, WV103 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.