and Campgrounds

Most whitewater rafting outfitters provide camping and campgrounds throughout the New River Gorge area, with many being located near the Fayetteville, WV area near the New River Gorge Bridge.

Tent and RV: Camping and Campgrounds

Public campsites and primitive camping areas may be found in the area's national parks and state parks. Most public camping sites in the New River Gorge provide for tent camping and RV camping sites and include toilet facilities, but not bath houses or dump stations.
Campers relax around the campfire at ACE Adventure Resort bordering the New River Gorge near Oak Hill, WV..

Commercial Campgrounds

Many private commercial campgrounds operate in the New River Gorge region. Several are associated with outfitters/rafting base-camps and may provide access to the camp's rental shops, bath houses, and dining areas. Others are independently operated and managed primarily as camping facilities.

ACE Adventure Center
P.O. Box 1168, Oak Hill, WV 25901
Tel.: (304) 469-2651 or (toll free) 1-888-ACE-RAFT

Overlooking the New River Gorge, the 1,400-acre ACE Adventure Center is a vacation destination in itself and includes one of the area's most spacious campgrounds. ACE offers activities suitable for children as young as five years old and, for adults, guided caving, hiking, biking, rafting, climbing, kayaking, and equestrian programs. The center includes a five-acre lake with a swimming beach and floating playground and more than 25 miles of trail adjoining National Park Service trails. Fish for trophies in five stocked ponds without the need for a license (though fishing is catch-and-release).

Class VI - Camping
P.O. Box 78, Lansing, WV 25862
Tel.: 1-866-658-5333 or (304) 574-0704

The 850-acre Class-VI Vacation Center on the New River Gorge provides for family camping as well as for cabins and cottages. Money-saving campground packages include dining at Smokey's-on-the-Gorge and your choice of biking, hiking, fishing, climbing, or paddling excursions, including family float trips on the New River or high-adventure whitewater rafting on the lower New. Camping-area trails lead into the hiking and climbing trails of the national parkland near the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.

Rifrafters Campground
Route 2, Box 140-A, Fayetteville, WV 25840
Tel.: 304-574-1065

Only two miles from the New River Gorge Bridge, our spacious, full-service campground is conveniently located just off the U.S. 19 expressway at Laurel Creek Road in historic Fayetteville, WV. We provide eight economy cabins with electricity, seven RV sites with water and 30-amp power hookups, and 30 tent sites -- plus 40 acres of remote, primitive camping. Hot showers and exceptionally clean restrooms and an on-site office ensure your stay is peaceful and worry free We also arrange rafting, hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, and horseback trips.

Public Campgrounds: National Park Service

Six primitive campgrounds and two special-use group camping areas are located within the territory of the New River Gorge National River and are operated by the National Park Service (NPS). A seventh NPS campground is located to the north, in the Gauley River National Recreation Area. Guests may camp in established primitive campgrounds or at backcountry sites in both areas of park land.

Public Campgrounds: State Parks

Several public campgrounds are located in West Virginia state parks and forests near or adjacent to the New River Gorge, and their facilities may vary from primitive to developed.
A beautiful, rugged park bordering the New River Gorge, Babcock State Park offers a 52-unit campground complete with tent or trailer campsites, picnic tables, ground grills and a central bathhouse with toilet facilities, hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers. Two potable water fill-up stations and two sewage dump stations are available for campers and RV's. The campground opens in mid-April and remains open until October 31st (weather permitting).
A variety of camping opportunites are available for the avid outdoorsman visiting Bluestone, from a 32 unit tent and trailer campground featuring 22 sites with electric hookups, central bathhouse, hot showers, and dumping station; to a rustic camping area with 47 sites for either tents or trailers and a central bathhouse with cold showers; to a group tenting area that will accommodate up to eight families. Also, located on the eastern shore of Bluestone Lake is a primitive, 50 site campground that is accessible by boat only. The campgrounds are located in the flood storage basin of Bluestone Lake and are open from early May to late October, depending upon the water level.
Two separate campgrounds provide the variety campers enjoy. Mash Fork campground contains 26 trailer/tent sites with electrical hookup, a heated bathhouse and two accessible sites. Camping units may be filled from water pumps before pulling onto sites. Picnic tables, grills and fire rings are at all campsites. Blue Jay campground consists of 12 rustic tent sites. Amenities include pit toilets, water fountain, picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. The park is situated just two miles off Interstate 77 (I-77) at Exit 20.
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area, located off I-77 near Pax, WV, encompasses 3,201 acres. Camping facilities include 23 rustic camping sites at Beech Bottom campground and 19 rustic camping sites above the dam. Each campsite has a tent pad, grill and picnic table. There is a centrally located restroom and wells for drinking water.
Twin Falls' campground includes 50 campsites, 25 with electrical hookups. Twenty five of the campsites are available for reservation. The seasonal Contact Center houses a laundramat, small store with convenience items and camper registration area. There are two bathhouses, one heated for winter use, and a dump station. All campsites are paved, with grills and picnic tables. Campers have a choice between wooded or open area sites. The park is located about 25 miles from Beckley, West Virginia.

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