New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is a different kind of national park. For example, few parks allow, much less encourage, cliff climbing, rafting, mountain biking, or hunting and fishing. All of this is possible—even BASE jumping one day each year—at New River Gorge, which debuted as a national park in 2020.
Another difference? It’s not isolated miles away from civilization. In fact, about two-thirds of the country’s population reside within 500 miles of the park’s West Virginia location in major Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast cities.
New River Gorge’s incredible diversity—its scenery, rare plant and animal life, history, recreational options, and the charming small towns on the park’s fringes—invites repeat visits. Here are 8 ways to experience the beauty and adventure that New River Gorge National Park and Preserve has to offer.