- A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the
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New River Gorge National River
New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern
West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established to preserve and protect 52 miles of the New River, from Hinton to Fayetteville, Virginia, as a free-flowing waterway.
The area encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the southern West Virginia shores of the New River. The park and the surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history and contain an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Recreation - This protected area surrounding the New River supports white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, sight seeing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, photography, horseback riding and rock climbing. An excellent way to decide which activity to attempt first is to visit the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, which is open year-round. Four other visitor centers in the region are open on a seasonal basis: Glen Jean Bank Visitor Center, Thurmond Depot Visitor Center, Grandview Visitor Center and Hinton Visitor Center. Available at these information centers are slide presentations, guided tours, walks, hikes, environmental education programs and craft demonstrations.
Access to the river in many cases is via narrow, winding, mountain roads. There are many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails within this protected area. The trails vary from easy to difficult in terrain and distance. Check at the park's visitor centers for current trail and road information. Camping within the facility is limited to primitive sites at Stone Cliff, Army Camp, Grandview Sandbar and Glade Creek.
Climate - The climate in the region is temperate, without prolonged extremes of temperature or precipitation. Sturdy shoes or boots and rain gear are highly recommended for an enjoyable visit.
New River Gorge National River is Located in southern West Virginia, just over one hour east of Charleston. The major thorofare into the region is Interstate 64,which leads west from Charleston.