Despite its name, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. This whitewater river flows through towering canyons in New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, recently designated as our newest national park.
Rafters, hunters, rock climbers, campers and fishing enthusiasts have long flocked to this 70,000-acre park for recreation. The Lower Gorge of the New River is known for its whitewater rafting with Class III to Class V rapids. Outfitters run trips from April to October.
Hiking trails range from 1/4 mile to 7 miles with views of waterfalls, historic coal towns and gorge overlooks.