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National park areas protect the gorges of the New River, Gauley River, Meadow River, and Bluestone River. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, paddling, rock climbing, and photography are popular throughout the parks of the New River Gorge. New River Gorge Weather
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Gauley River National Recreation Area
Roaring through forested canyon, the wilderness along the Gauley River comes alive each October with the whoops and caterwauls of thousands of whitewater rafters. While most commercial raft trips ply the New River Gorge, focus shifts in autumn when Summersville Lake is emptied, and the Gauley becomes one of the world's most-challenging whitewater rivers. Infrequent hikers, kayakers, and rock climbers explore the gorge through much of the rest of the year.

After more than 50 years as one of West Virginia's most popular day use state parks, Grandview became part of New River Gorge National River in 1990. Grandview park is well known for its spectacular views of the New River and beautiful rhododendron. Hiking trails of every variety explore the upland forests and the park's unique rock formations. Each summer, the park's Cliffside Amphitheatre hosts the outdoor dramas "Honey in the Rock," the story of West Virginia's tumultuous birth, and "Hatfields and McCoys," the legend of its most infamous feud.

Hinton Visitor Center: New River Gorge
The Hinton Visitor Center is the southern-most of the New River Gorge National River visitor centers. It is located three miles south of the park boundary on State Routes 3 and 20, across the river from the town of Hinton.

New River Gorge: Canyon Rim Visitor Center
Overlooking the spectacular New River Gorge, the National Park Service's Canyon Rim Visitor Center provides an exciting overview of the region history through film and exhibits. Overlooks and a parkway offer visitors unforgettable views of the gorge and its famous bridge -- the world's longest steel arch span and the highest span east of the Mississippi River. Rock climbers hang from the cliffs beside the visitor center.

New River Gorge: Glade Creek
Mountain lions have been sited in the remote canyon of the Glade Creek, home to some of the best hiking trails and trout-fishing holes in the New River Gorge. From beaches and a campground on New River, a five-mile trail ascends Glade Creek to access waterfalls, fishing holes, and a network of primitive upland trails and campsites. Swimming, fishing, and hiking are popular pastimes along Glade Creek and the New River.

Sandstone Falls
A part of the New River Gorge National River, Sandstone Falls features an accessible boardwalk crosses two bridges leading to islands and observation decks below the falls. It is a popular fishing spot for smallmouth bass and catfish; a West Virginia fishing license is required.

Thurmond Visitor Center
Once one the greatest railroad towns along mainline of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, Thurmond recaptures the days when steel rails, steam, and coal were the major themes in our nation's history. Today, exhibits and historic furnishings bring the golden days of railroading back to life in the restored Thurmond Depot which now serves as a park visitor center and a small museum.

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