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 Sandstone Falls 

Located 10 miles north of Hinton, WV, Sandstone Falls is among the most visited natural landmarks in the New River Gorge National River. Downstream of Sandstone Falls, the National Park Service (NPS) has established observation areas with wayside exhibits throughout the Sandstone Falls Natural Area, connected by an elaborate boardwalk with rest stations. The wheelchair-access Sandstone Falls boardwalk leads visitors across a series of forested islands to the highest part of the falls on the eastern half of New River. The walk passes several smaller falls, pools, and rivulets, more-typical of the gentle western half of the river's descent. Picnic tables and public toilets are located near the Sandstone Falls parking area at the boardwalk entrance.

For more information, visit our Hiking Trails in the Sandstone-Hinton Area page which features maps of the Sandstone area hiking trails, the Sandstone boardwalk, driving directions to trailheads and parking areas, and descriptions of each trail.


The Sandstone Falls were known as "The New River Falls" when this illustration was drawn, circa 1879.
The Sandstone Falls were known as "The New River Falls" when this illustration was drawn, circa 1879.

Fishing Sandstone Falls (Above Little Falls)
Fishing Sandstone Falls (Above Little Falls)

Fishing Sandstone Falls (Below Big Falls)
Fishing Sandstone Falls (Below Big Falls)

Quiet pool near Sandstone Falls (Little Falls)
Quiet pool near Sandstone Falls (Little Falls)

Sandstone Ecosystem (Above Little Falls)
Sandstone Ecosystem (Above Little Falls)

Sandstone Falls (Little Falls)
Sandstone Falls (Little Falls)

Waders near little fall at Sandstone Falls
Waders near little fall at Sandstone Falls

Flatrock ecosystem near Sandstone Falls
Flatrock ecosystem near Sandstone Falls

Boulders at Upper Falls of Sandstone Falls
Boulders at Upper Falls of Sandstone Falls

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