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New River Gorge National River

About Teddy Bear RatingsP. O. Box 246, 
Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246
Phone: (304) 574-2115

A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons,  the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent.

Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway.

New River Gorge National River copyright map by Alan EastepThis unit of the National Park System encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

The four visitor centers, primitive campgrounds, and several dozen trailheads, and river access points are located along narrow and winding roads. Allow plenty of time to travel between locations, and use safe speeds and courtesy on one lane roads.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open year-round. Canyon Rim and Sandstone Visitor Centers are open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Thurmond Depot and Grandview operate seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Thurmond Depot's seasonal hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Grandview is open seasonally from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.

Canyon Rim Visitor Center

Location: Off U. S. Route 19, just north of the New River Gorge Bridge. It is approximately 30 minutes north of Beckley, 30 minutes south of Summersville, and 70 minutes southeast of Charleston.

Available Facilities: Boardwalk, overlooks, picnic tables.


Location: Take the Grandview exit (129-B) on I-64, east of Beckley. Follow Route 9 north for six miles to the park.

Available Facilities: Overlooks, hiking trails, picnic tables, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and summer outdoor drama presentations. For shelter reservations, call 304-465-8064.

Sandstone Visitor Center

Location: Interstate 64 at Sandstone, WV (approximately 15 minutes east of Beckley, WV)

Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day

Thurmond Depot

Location: From the Glen Jean exit on Route 19, go left for .5 miles on Route 16/61 to Glen Jean. Turn right, cross bridge, then take next two left turns, following signs to Thurmond. In 6.5 miles, at a three-way intersection, bear slightly left and up hill to the bridge. Cross the bridge and park in front of Thurmond Depot, the yellow building.

Exhibits: Restored passenger depot, historic furnishings, exhibits of interaction between coal mining and railroading.

Available Facilities: Across the river are hiking and mountain biking trails. Nearby Dunglen Day Use Area has picnic tables, picnic shelter, and river access.

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