Disconnect in America’s Newest National Park

West Virginia’s scenic beauty is unmatched and uncrowded, and perhaps best exemplified in its public lands. Southern West Virginia is home to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve—an area that locals have been enjoying for centuries.

New River Gorge Bridge. Photo credit: West Virginia Department of Tourism

The New River Gorge region offers exciting outdoor recreation, charming small towns and traditional Appalachian cuisine. Whether you’re here for a day or for a weekend, there’s an adventure waiting. Two major rivers, the New and the Gauley, provide world-class whitewater rafting opportunities and many area outfitters are ready to guide you on half and full day trips.

Not to mention the hiking and mountain biking opportunities, along with ziplining, rock climbing and much more. The diverse ecosystem is a great place for birdwatching and wildlife exploring. Look to the sky for bald eagles!

The region’s small towns welcome visitors in like family–southern hospitality at its finest. In Fayetteville, you’ll find outdoor recreation in abundance with many specialty stores. Grab a bite to eat at Cathedral Cafe or a cold brew at Southside Junction Tap House after a day on the river. Travel to Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia, just 20 miles down the road in Beckley. This one-of-a-kind artisan shopping center offers handmade Appalachian crafts and furniture, West Virginia made products and tasty dishes at their celebrated cafe. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the everyday and reconnect with nature at America’s newest national park.

Must-See Stops in New River Gorge National Park

  • Grandview provides the perfect balance of the peaceful trail adventures and awe-inspiring views that set the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve apart. Enjoy an added layer of beauty at this stop by visiting in spring, as the official state flower, the Rhododendron, begins to bloom along the gorge.
  • Along the winding turns of the mountain route to Fayette Station, a special bridge view is sure to stop you in your tracks. Though this beautiful destination might have you counting down the miles, don’t forget to take in the beauty of the journey as you head downhill. Turn back time as you take on the route that locals traveled for nearly 100 years before the modern New River Gorge Bridge took shape as a structural wonder. Have your camera ready as you make this passage to ensure you don’t miss a scenic capture.