Hiking

New River Gorge National Park provides a variety of different trails throughout the park. Enjoy a low-impact walk or a fast-paced hike through the beautiful parklands and discover sights unique to the New River Gorge.  Peaceful forest trails, superb overlooks, and historic scenery are all found here. The trails available consist of park service trails that are marked and maintained, trails within lands administered by state parks, and undeveloped trails and abandoned roads.

Trails range from 1/4 mile to 7 miles in length. Several can be easily connected to make for longer excursions. Difficulty varies from flat, smooth walking to steep challenging terrain. Trail recommendations and maps are offered at Canyon Rim, Grandview, Sandstone, and Thurmond visitor centers. Much of the land within the National Park Service authorized boundaries remains private property: please respect the owners’ rights.

Here are a few selected trails to consider:

  • Endless Wall Trail
  • Fayetteville Area Trails
  • Glade Creek Trails
  • Long Point Trail
  • Kaymoor Trail
  • Thurmond – Minden Trail

Trail Etiquette

  • Pack it in, Pack it out. Pocket all your trash, including cigarette butts and candy wrappers, and dispose of it properly.
  • Wildflowers, wildlife, and historic objects all contribute to the beauty we came to see. Leave them undisturbed.
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times.
  • Bicycles are only permitted on designated bike trails.
  • Courtesy and common sense on the trail can help provide an enjoyable experience for all. Respect the rights of others.

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