New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

The New River is actually one of the oldest in the world, and the primeval forest gorge it runs through is one of the most breathtaking in the Appalachians. The National Park Service (NPS) protects a stretch of the New River that falls 750ft over 50 miles, with a compact set of rapids up to Class V concentrated at the northernmost end. The region is an adventure mecca, with world-class white-water runs and challenging single-track trails. Rim and gorge hiking trails offer beautiful views.


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Rafters on the New River in West Virginia


The best whitewater rafting in West Virginia (and where to get wet and wild)

Apr 12, 2022 • 9 min read