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New River Gorge National Park spans 70,000 acres of West Virginia's beautiful Appalachian region, which includes gorgeous waterfalls, historic farms and scenic mountain views. If you want to pick up an RV rental near New River Gorge, you'll find plenty to choose from in nearby cities, including Greensboro, NC, Lexington, KY, and Washington, D.C. Nearby smaller towns to the park include Beckley, Beaver, and Hinton in West Virginia, which also a selection of RV rentals.

Certain roads may not be drivable for all RVs within this national park. For example, Keeney’s Creek Road and the Thurmond Road Bridge should not be driven by any RVs. Medium and large RVs over 31.5 feet long should avoid driving the River Road to Sandstone Falls or taking the African American Heritage and Fayette Station Road Scenic Tours. Parking for RVs within the park is available at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Grandview Visitor Center, and Sandstone Visitor Center.

The Canyon Rim and Sandston Visitor Centers are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while the Grandview Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The easiest entries for RVs into the park are found along U.S. Highway 19.

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New River Gorge National Park Hiking Trails

New River Gorge National Park Hiking Trails

Hiking is extremely popular at New River Gorge National Park; however, RV drivers may find trouble parking at the trailheads. While some small Class B motorhomes may be able to find parking space, all medium to large RVs are advised to park elsewhere and take a shuttle service to the trails or park at Canyon Rim Visitor Center, which has a dedicated RV parking lot.

New River Gorge Hiking Trails

Things to do Outside New River Gorge National Park

Things to do Outside New River Gorge National Park

The towns outside of New River Gorge National Park offer plenty Appalachian culture and flavor. Consider dining at Pasquale’s in nearby Beckley, West Virginia, and touring the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. You can also go shopping at the Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley, which features many artists from West Virginia.

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RV Resorts & Campsites near New River Gorge National Park

New River Gorge National Park offers eight primitive campgrounds for RVs to use, and there are no camping fees to use any of the campsites. In the summer, campgrounds may fill up quickly, so RVers may want to stay at a nearby campground in the Monongahela National Forest or George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

RV Resorts & Campsites near New River Gorge National Park

Campgrounds Near New River Gorge National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near New River Gorge National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near New River Gorge National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

Dumpstations Near New River Gorge National Park

How to get to New River Gorge National Park

How to get to New River Gorge National Park

New River Gorge National Park is near many small airports, including the Greenbrier Valley Airport, Raleigh County Memorial Airport, and Logan County Airport. Public transportation is also provided by the New River Transit Authority in Beckley near the park.

To reach this national park from Greensboro, NC, take I-40 to US-421 North. From there, take exit 227, then continue on I-74 West for 12 miles. After that, merge onto US-52 for 22 more miles. Merge onto I-74, continue 37 miles, then merge onto I-77 for nine miles. Continue for 65 miles on the toll road, then exit onto I-64 East. Travel 3.4 miles, then take exit 124 and continue approximately three miles on Joe L Smith Drive and E Beckley Bypass. Turn right onto WV-41 North, then turn right after four more miles onto WV-41 North/Johnstown Road. From there, you will enter the national park and preserve.

Formerly a national river, New River Gorge has become a busier attraction since getting its national park designation in 2020. The park is especially busy during summer and spring during rafting season. During those months, you can expect to see some extra traffic during weekends. However, roads tend to clear up the deeper you travel into the park.

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    How large is New River Gorge National Park?

    New River Gorge National Park is 70,000 acres or almost 114 square miles large. It encompasses land along the New River in West Virginia.

    Are pets allowed at New River Gorge National Park?

    Yes, pets are allowed at New River Gorge National Park. Pets are allowed on all trails as long as they are on a leash no longer than six feet. Owners must pick up after their pets and be sure to bring plenty of water for them.

    What is the best time of year to visit New River Gorge National Park?

    Summer is the best time of year to visit New River Gorge National Park. Although there will be more crowds, this is also the time when visitors can whitewater raft on the New River. The weather is also best for hiking and other outdoor activities.

    Are there designated camping spots in New River Gorge National Park?

    No, there are no designated camping spots in New River Gorge National Park. The park has several designated primitive camping areas, which have no drinking water or hookups. There are several private and state park campgrounds nearby that can accommodate RVs.

    Is New River Gorge National Park accessible for disabled visitors?

    Yes, New River Gorge National Park is accessible for disabled visitors. All four park visitor centers are wheelchair accessible, and there are accessible trails at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center and at Sandstone Falls. Videos and films are closed captioned and exhibits at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center have audion descriptions for the visually impaired.