Explore the Gorge

An hour’s drive south of Charleston is the nation’s newest national park. The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve was named one of the World’s Greatest Places 2021 by Time Magazine. With more than 70,000 acres of land along the New River, this natural playground features world-class whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting. The New River is one of the oldest rivers on the North American continent, with fossil evidence leading geologists to estimate the New River could be as old as 320 million years. The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the nation’s 63rd national park. Links to commercial outfitters, trail maps, and basic information are available on the park’s website.

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Adjacent to the national park, Adventures on the Gorge, ACE Adventure Resort, and River Expeditions provide unparalleled outdoor activities both on land and water. Water-based activities in the New River Gorge include whitewater rafting, kayak tours, stand up paddle boarding, and guided float fishing trips. Land-based fun includes zipline tours, mountain biking, guided rock climbs, and bridge tours. AOTG’s zipline is one of the longest in America and reaches up to 65 mph, and a one-of-a-kind experience awaits under the New River Gorge Bridge. Take your turn on the explore the entire 3,030 foot length of the bridge – all while securely fastened to a safety harness.

The Parks Service makes it easy to plan your New River adventure on its website. Find commercial whitewater outfitters, trail maps, basic information and more.

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