Your Next Adventures Await You at the New River Gorge

The nation’s 63rd national park is a destination to behold in West Virginia. From world-class whitewater rafting on the New River to embarking on a catwalk across the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is an adventurer’s playground. This national park has become a staple bucket list destination as it has earned mentions from major publications including National Geographic, USA Today and several others.

Add these thrilling adventures to your agenda while you’re exploring this recreational hotspot of Almost Heaven.

Hiking the Hills

You will be pleasantly surprised by the stunning vistas to be found near the New River Gorge National Park and PreserveLong Point Trail appeals to both beginner and experienced hikers for its easy, yet rewarding hike. This 1.6-mile (one way) trail traverses field and forest, leading you to a rock outcrop that boasts a stunning view of the New River Gorge Bridge. The nearby 2.4-mile Endless Wall Trail and 1.6-mile Grandview Rim Trail also boast beautiful views of the New River Gorge.

Whitewater Rafting

Almost Heaven is home to the highest density of whitewater runs in the United States. Take on the varying intensities of rapids on the New River – ranging from Class I to Class V. Thanks to local outfitters like ACE Adventure Resort and Adventures on the Gorge, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy rafting here. Try a rafting trip on the Lower New River, or chill out on the Upper New for a relaxing, slower-paced float. For a wave of even more thrills, travel down the narrow 25 miles of canyon line facing the 100 rapids on the Gauley River. After a few minutes on the water, you’ll understand why the Upper Gauley is called the “Beast of the East.”

Bridge Walk

Bridge Walk is the gateway to a catwalk of a lifetime. Travel among the structural beams of the New River Gorge Bridge at 851 feet above the New River. The unique belay system keeps you harnessed at all times while your guide educates you on the history of the New River Gorge and the bridge’s structural features. Bridge Walk is open year-round, and a shuttle bus takes you to the entry point from the shuttle location in Lansing. This experience boasts some of the most scenic views of West Virginia.

Rock Climbing

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is known for having some of the most thrilling rock climbing routes on the East Coast. Whether you are interested in speed climbing, bouldering, repelling or new to the sport as a whole, group experts at outfitters, including Adventures on the Gorge and ACE Adventure Resort, are there to help you take your climbing to new heights. Take on the rocky ridges of the Mountain State and get a feel for seeing the national park from above!

There are plenty of adventures waiting for you to try at the New River Gorge. Find more to add to your list with the help of our free West Virginia Vacation Guide.

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