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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.

  • 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


  • 2021 Spring Nature Fling Celebrates Regional Ecology in April and May

    April 19, 2021 | 11:51 am

    New River Gorge announces event schedule for Spring Nature Fling event.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is Increasing Access to Campgrounds

    April 15, 2021 | 8:26 am

    New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will be increasing access to campgrounds this weekend with the reopening of six additional areas in the park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Prescribed Burn Planned for Grandview Area

    April 14, 2021 | 10:15 am

    New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Fire Managers plan to burn approximately 40 acres sometime between April 17 and May 31 in the Grandview area of the park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Grandfamilies Invited to Free Fishing Event

    April 14, 2021 | 9:25 am

    New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is hosting a series of Grandfamilies (grandparents raising their grandchildren) Fishing Days in May and June.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • 2021 Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art Exhibit Opens at Tamarack and Online

    April 1, 2021 | 6:27 pm

    Check out the winners of the 2021 Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art Contest at Tamarack and online.

    Read more at nps.gov