New River Gorge National Park

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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, in West Virginia, encompasses a stretch of the New River, known for its white-water rafting. The rugged cliffs and dense forests provide a playground for outdoor adventurers.

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Fast Facts

State(s): West Virginia
Area: 72,808 acres (294.64 sq km) – 45th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Swell Mountain – 3,291 ft (1,003.10 m)
Lowest Elevation: New River – 745 ft (227.08 m)
Date Established: 1978
Annual Visitors: 1,593,523 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Recommended Day Hikes

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in New River Gorge National Park

New River Gorge is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in New River Gorge National Park.

  1. Whitewater rafting on the New River
  2. Rock climbing on the park’s sandstone cliffs
  3. Zip-lining through the forest canopy
  4. Joining ranger-led evening campfire programs
  5. Fishing for smallmouth bass and other species

🛎️ Where to Stay Near New River Gorge National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to New River Gorge National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near New River Gorge National Park

After hiking and exploring New River Gorge National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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