- West Virginia
Channel your inner adventurer as you hike, bike and paddle through one of the USA’s greatest outdoor playgrounds.
Tucked away within a stretch of the Appalachian Mountains in southern West Virginia lies over 28,300 hectares of the country’s most beautiful and exhilarating terrain. The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the USA’s newest national park and has endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors – from exploring majestic waterfalls and whitewater rafting to mountain biking and hiking epic trails. There’s no way you could experience all this exciting region has to offer in one trip, making it the perfect place to visit year after year. Get ready for adventure in the West Virginia mountains.
Scenic Sunrise Views
Ease into your day with an incredible sunrise hike along the Long Point Trail. This 1.29-kilometer trek meanders through the forest and features mostly moderate terrain throughout. The one exception, however, comes in the form of a semi-steep section as you near the end of the trail. But don’t worry, your efforts will be rewarded in the form of panoramic views of the impressive New River Gorge Bridge and, of course, the fabled gorge itself. Get those cameras ready because this is a view you won’t want to forget.
Hiker enjoying the view of New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point Trail
History and Panoramic Grandeur
No trip to this part of West Virginia would be complete without a visit to the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Consider it your hub for learning all about the New River Gorge and surrounding areas – not to mention taking in some truly spectacular views. The center features various exhibits highlighting the history of the gorge and river, as well as those who worked in and around it. Watch informational videos, stock up on maps and chat with friendly visitors and staff members about adventures past and present. After taking your time among the displays, step out on the back deck to take in vistas of the park that span well beyond three kilometers.
Travelers at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
A Walk Like No Other
Thousands of travelers drive across New River Gorge Bridge every day, but few venture under it for a truly unique experience. Welcome to the adrenaline-pumping New River Gorge Bridge Walk tour: A three-hour adventure wherein you’re strapped to a safety cable and taken on a breathtaking tour across the fifth largest single-span arch bridge in the USA. Below you: One of the oldest rivers in the world. Above you: The hulking iron mass of the New River Bridge. And all around you is the majestic expanse of the Appalachian Mountains. This is one walk you won’t soon forget.
Taking a break to appreciate vistas on the New River Gorge Bridge Walk tour
A Whitewater Wonderland
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is home to some of the best and most varied whitewater rapids in the nation. Whether it’s your first time rafting or you’re a seasoned paddler, this incredible region has an adventure for you. If you’re part of the latter camp, consider booking an excursion with a vendor to explore the southern section of the river. You’ll find easy to medium whitewater sections and plenty of areas to camp and enjoy the rugged natural beauty that surrounds you. Fancy yourself an experienced paddler? The Lower Gorge section is for you. It features some of the river’s biggest whitewater that’s best left to experts and those rafting with professional guides. There’s something for every river-runner in one of West Virginia’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds.
Whitewater rafting under the New River Gorge Bridge
Fly into West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) in the state’s capital city of Charleston, rent a car and enjoy the scenic, 1.5-hour drive to the Canyon Rim Visitor Center to start this epic experience.
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