Welcome to the New River Gorge region of West Virginia -- the outdoor-recreation capital of the Eastern U.S. Here, you'll find an outdoors paradise renown for its whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking trails, rock climbing, skiing and fishing.

Cities, Towns,
and Communities

Explore the communities of the New River Gorge region.
Trails of the New River Gorge
Spring is the perfect time to explore the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the New River Gorge region. Trails range from easy to challenging, so you're likely to find several that will match your abilities as well as your interests. Our online guide to the trails of the New River Gorge overlays the route of each trail on a Google map and will provide you with a description of each trail, its difficulty, and details of sights you'll encounter on the trails.
Local Man Rescues Neglected Monument in the Gorge
Doing what others had failed to do, Ralph Plumley rescued a long-neglected monument honoring Col. Joseph Lawton Beury (1842-1903) who was first to ship coal out of the newly opened New River Coal Field in 1873.
1.3 Million Visited Local Parks in 2015
The National Park Service reports that 1,320,859 visitors toured the three park areas it manages in southern West Virginia in 2015, spent $56,266,400 in nearby communities and supported 846 local jobs with a cumulative economic benefit of $64,108,000.

Photos, Videos,
and More...

Take a virtual excursion to picturesque places and discover exciting things to do in the New River Gorge region. Visit the towns of the New River Highlands and explore the ghost towns of the New River Gorge. Meet the famous people who've influenced the area. Examine the area's rich industrial heritage and revisit a time when railroads, coal mines, and company stores blanketed the coal fields of Southern West Virginia.

Panorama view of the New River Gorge from the main overlook at Grandview Park
New River Gorge Photos

Visit our photo gallery to view additional photos from the New River Gorge region.





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