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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, New River Gorge National Park & Preserve is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of West Virginia and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of West Virginia and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 23, 2021
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New River Gorge National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's New River Gorge National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • New River Gorge Updates Superintendent’s Compendium to Reflect New Hunting and Recreation Rules

    December 27, 2021 | 9:21 am

    NPS announces changes affecting hunting regulations.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • NPS Announces Changes to Ramp Harvesting in Area Parks

    December 10, 2021 | 10:25 am

    The National Park Service announces that, due to population decline, ramp (also known as wild leeks) harvesting will no longer be allowed within the park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • 2022 Youth Arts in the Parks Contest Now Open for Wildlife

    November 30, 2021 | 3:39 pm

    Local students can help celebrate southern West Virginia ecology through art.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • NPS Announces Emergency Safety Repairs to Cunard Road

    October 12, 2021 | 10:03 am

    Repairs to the Cunard Road may result is periodic delays and closures.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Thirteenth Annual Hidden History Weekend is Here!

    September 21, 2021 | 10:32 am

    Discover Appalachian heritage, the rich sites and stories of Southern West Virginia’s history at the 13th Annual Hidden History Weekend, September 24-26, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • National Park Service Seeks Comment on Pike Drive Dam

    September 10, 2021 | 4:03 pm

    The National Park Service is conducting civic engagement on the Pike Drive Dam/Pond Decommissioning and Restoration Project.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • New River Gorge NP&P Hunting Regulations

    August 17, 2021 | 3:05 pm

    s at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will remain the same as they have in previous seasons. New regulations for hunting are on the horizon in response to the park’s recent redesignation to national park and preserve.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Search Crews Recover Possible Drowning Victim

    June 15, 2021 | 2:20 pm

    Search and rescue personnel recovered the body of a 25-year old man from Beckley, WV, on Monday.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Announces Summer Schedule

    June 14, 2021 | 2:54 pm

    New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Superintendent Lizzie Watts announced today that summer operating hours will be in effect at park facilities starting June 12.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Become a Friend of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

    May 21, 2021 | 10:29 am

    The Friends of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is recruiting for new members.

    Read more at nps.gov