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Visiting New River Gorge National Park and Preserve: The Complete Guide

Planning a trip to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Basics

Region: Northeast / Mid-Atlantic

Park Size: 748,436 acres (1,169.43 sq miles) (3,028.81 sq km)

Location: Fayette, Raleigh, and Summers counties, West Virginia

Closest Cities: Beckley, West Virginia

Busy Season: May to October

Visitation: 1,195,721 (in 2019)

How much does New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Cost?

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve does not charge an entrance fee.

When is New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Open?

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve?

Yes, pets are welcome in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Leashed pets are allowed on the trails in the park. Please review the New River Gorge Pet Policy before bringing your dog to New River Gorge.

Where are YNew River Gorge National Park and Preserve’s visitor centers?

Canyon Rim Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Sandstone Visitor Center – Open Year Around, limited winter hours

Thurmond Depot Visitor Center – Open June to August

Grandview Visitor Center – Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Land Acknowledgments for New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

The National Park known as New River Gorge National Park and Preserve sits on Moneton, Tutelo, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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