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West Virginia’s New River Gorge was recently named our newest National Park. Many lovers of this park have been scratching their heads wondering why this hasn’t happened sooner.  With over 70,000 acres of land along one of the oldest rivers in the US, you are sure to find an outdoor activity to enjoy here. You can have this beautiful park in your backyard by applying to our open positions in West Virginia. We are hiring in 12 different cities in West Virginia ranging from 3.5 hours to under a 1-hour drive to New River Gorge. Check out our job search here and type WV in the location bar.

This area is a nature lover’s dream! You can expect all of your free time to be spent breathing in the forest air, waking to the birds chirping outside of your cabin, hiking beautiful trails, or daring to ride with rapids. Let’s dive into all they have to offer.


If hiking is your thing New River Gorge has plenty of trail options for you from 1/4 mile to 7 miles in length and ranging in difficulty to beginner flat hikes to advanced steep hikes. You can pick up your trail recommendations and maps at Canyon Rim, Grandview, Sandstone, and Thurmond visitor centers.  The Park also has their 100-mile challenge if you are the competitive type. Just pick up a mile log and keep track of all your hikes through New River Gorge, you can even bring your dog and they can celebrate that 100 milestone with you!

Whitewater Rafting

New River Gorge National Park includes 53 miles of free-flowing New River. The upper section of the river consists of relatively easy rapids up to Class III. The lower section of the river is often referred to as “the Lower Gorge” and it has some of the biggest of the big with rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V. 

You can choose from a number of licensed outfitters who offer guided trips on the New River. Trips are available year-round, with the season running from April through October.


The best months for climbing in the New River Gorge are usually late April to mid-June and mid-September to late October.  The park has over 1,400 established rock climbs with most of the routes favoring the advanced and expert climber. Be sure to check out the local climbing shops for more information and guidelines.

Camping & Cabin Stays

The New River gorge offers several primitive camping areas, as well as cabins for rent nearby. The camping sites are all located off well-maintained roads which makes them more accessible. The cabin rentals are a great place to relax with the comforts of your own home.

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