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Best Trails in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

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Want to find the best trails in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 61 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 22 easy hiking trails in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 0 to 514 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Description

A River Runs Through It A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

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Map of trails in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Top trails (61)
Endless Wall Trail
#1 - Endless Wall Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 3.7 km • Est. 1h 7m
The Endless Wall Trail is a moderate route that passes through rich forest, crosses Fern Creek, then zig-zags along the cliff edge. Many beautiful vistas can be seen along the trail. The overlook at Diamond Point provides a good turnaround spot, creating a popular two-mile out-and-back hike from Fern Creek parking area. If you continue to the end of the trail, you will need to walk for 0.5 miles back along the road to get to the starting point, or you can retrace your steps along the trail. Great views of the New River, almost 1000 feet below, are abundant. You can often hear the voices of whitewater rafters as they experience the wild rapids of the lower New. This area also offers significant historical resources, being the site of the Nuttallburg Mine — the largest mine in the New River Coalfields in the late 1800s. You might also get a glimpse of some of the thousands of rock climbers who visit the park to challenge themselves on the vertical sandstone walls that rim the gorge. Climbers come from all over the United States, and around the world, to select from the over 1600 climbing routes in the park. Please use caution when near cliff edges!Show more
Long Point Trail
#2 - Long Point Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1h 25m
This trail ends at Long Point view, where you can see beautiful views of the gorge, the river, and the infamous New Gorge River Bridge. Mountain bikes are allowed on most but not all of the trail (not the last 0.2 miles).Show more
Kaymoor Miner's Trail
#3 - Kaymoor Miner's Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 2.6 km • Est. 1h 14m
Running parallel with the center of the gorge, this trail passes through historical coal mine sites named “Kaymoor”. There are posted signs explaining the history of the land and the mine operation and communities that inhabited this area. Once at the mines, you will follow an old mine rail-trail through various views, waterfalls, and cliffs. The railroad track by the river is active and private property so please be careful and do not trespass.Show more
Grandview Rim Trail to Turkey Spur Rock
#4 - Grandview Rim Trail to Turkey Spur Rock
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1h 24m
From Beckley, follow I-64 east and take Exit 129 B. From Lewisburg follow I-64 west and take Exit 129. After exiting, go north on Route 9 for six miles to reach Grandview. An easy to moderate hike with stunning river views. The most challenging part of the hike will be stairs bringing you up to the overlook. This is the longest trail at Grandview. You can pick up a self-guided trail brochure to learn more about the trail.Show more
Canyon Rim Overlook Boardwalk
#5 - Canyon Rim Overlook Boardwalk
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 1.0 km • Est. 18m
This short and sweet path leads to beautiful views of the gorge and the New River Gorge Bridge. There is a ramp that leads to a viewing point with the option to descent over 150 steps to a lower vantage point. This trail is located at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Accessibility: To the overlook of the bridge before the staircase the trail is wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller friendly with an estimated mostly gentle grade of 4% or less. The surface is paved concrete and typically at least four feet wide. Users have reported that the viewpoint to the right is the wheelchair and stroller friendly one but to the left there are stairs.Show more
Castle Rock Trail
#6 - Castle Rock Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 1.6 km • Est. 30m
From Beckley, follow I-64 east and take Exit 129 B. From Lewisburg follow I-64 west and take Exit 129. After exiting, go north on Route 9 for six miles to reach Grandview. This loop including Castle Rock trail close-up views of towering fortress-like rock walls (exposed coal seams near to the bottom of the sandstone rock formation) and North Overview of the Grandview trail. Because of the drop-offs, this trail isn't considered safe for young children.Show more
Glade Creek: New River to Pinch Creek
#7 - Glade Creek: New River to Pinch Creek
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 19.3 km • Est. 5h 46m
There are a couple of access point options. The first is the lower trailhead, at the Glade Creek Campground. You will reach it by following Glade Creek Road (gravel road) 7 miles and it will end at the trailhead. From Fayetteville you will take Route 41 for 4 miles before turning right onto Glade Creek Road just before the bridge. You may need a 4x4 high clearance vehicle to reach the upper trailhead. From WV Route 9 go half a mile toward Little Beaver State Park. Turn left onto the unmarked gravel road right before Fire Tower Road. In about a mile you will come to Glade Creek and cross the bridge into the parking area. This trail is well-maintained and the grade is steady. There are some swimming holes and beautiful waterfalls. The lower part of the creek is a catch-and-release trout stream. You will be crossing the rivers but there are footbridges. When the river level is high you may not be able to cross. Please remove all valuables from your vehicle. There have been some vehicles broken into. Show more
Diamond Point Overlook via Endless Wall Trail
#8 - Diamond Point Overlook via Endless Wall Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1h 10m
Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
#9 - Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 0.8 km • Est. 12m
The trailhead is off of River Road (WV Route 26). The road is a single lane in some areas and the parking area is unpaved. Sandstone Falls marks the transition zone of the New River from a broad river of large bottomlands, to a narrow mountain river roaring through a deep boulder-strewn V-shaped gorge. The falls form the dramatic starting line for the New Rivers final rush through the New River Gorge to its confluence with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River. The trail is a short wheelchair and stroller-friendly boardwalk. The falls span 1500 feet across, making it the largest in the New River. It is broken up by islands and each cascade is 10 - 25 feet long. Accessibility: It is unclear if there are any designated accessible spaces in the unpaved parking lot off of Sandstone Fall Park Road at the north end of the trail. The trail surface is a wooden boardwalk with edge barriers or railings. It is typically at least 6 feet wide. The whole trail is estimated to be in the flat (1% or less) grade category. This trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or stroller users. Show more
Long Point via Butcher Branch Trail
#10 - Long Point via Butcher Branch Trail
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1h 32m
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