New River Gorge National River

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, East

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.

Reopening of National Parks "Just In Time" For Two Major Park Events

The reopening of NPS areas late last week came just in the nick of time for not only the popular fall color season, but also for some annual special events in parks. Among the activities held last weekend were the 34th Annual Bridge Day at New River Gorge National River and Yorktown Day at Colonial National Historical Park, which commemorates the 232nd anniversary of America's climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.

New Trails For Hikers, Bikers And Even Climbers Approved For New River Gorge National River

New trails are coming to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia that will appeal to hikers, mountain bikers, and even climbers.

Mark Your Calendars: New River Festival Coming In June

Cheat Fest? Been there. Gauley Fest? Done that. Second Annual New River Festival? Got it on the calendar for June 7-9.

Searching For Wildflowers In The National Parks Of The Southern And Middle Appalachians

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This is the time for wildflowers in the Appalachians. Where can you see them? Wildflower weekends are being hosted by many parks in the next few weeks. Going with an expert is the best way to learn about wildflowers.

Check Out The National Parks We Explored In 2012

Part of the fun of the National Park System is exploring the various units to see what they have to offer. Here's a look at parks the Traveler "explored" in 2012.

Exploring The Parks: West Virginia's New River Gorge National River

Follow the country roads south through West Virginia and you'll come upon the New River Gorge National River. As one of the oldest rivers on the continent, this white-water river that cuts through the Mountain State offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunity for people of all ages.

Where Not To Park Your Car: In A National Park's River

It's not every day that vehicles find their way into rivers in the National Park System, but it happened twice in the span of six days in September, once apparently due to too much libation for the driver, and once due to inattentiveness.

Accidents Claim Lives Across The National Park System

Summer hasn't yet officially arrived, yet the number of visitors dying during visits to units of the National Park System is growing.

Birding in the Parks: Not Too Early To Plan To Attend Birding Festivals in the National Park System

Earlier this month, while we were having positively spring-like weather here in the Midwest, I wrote about Snowy Owls, the most iconic of winter birds. Two weeks later, my world is buried under blankets of snow and I’m in the mood to talk about Spring.

BASE Jumpers Cited For Illegal Leap at New River Gorge National River

The annual Bridge Day event each October draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of BASE jumpers to New River Gorge National River. Four jumpers who decided to conduct an unauthorized nighttime leap from the famous bridge last week were apprehended and face a variety of charges.

Impressive Volunteer Effort by Boy Scouts at New River Gorge National River

The Boy Scout Slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily," and a small army of Scouts is doing a month's worth of good turns at New River Gorge National River. Visitors will enjoy the results of their efforts on miles of trails for years to come.

With Summer Arriving Tomorrow, Don't Find Yourself In National Park Search-and-Rescue Reports

With summer officially getting under way tomorrow, more and more folks will be heading out to the national parks for some summer fun. Just be sure to be careful out there so you don't find yourself added to a search-and-rescue report as these folks were.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier

Spend time playing in the water during your national park excursions? If you paddle in the parks or slither through slot canyons that might offer water hazards, the Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier is a pack you might want to consider.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Bats At New River Gorge National River

Another unit of the National Park System has detected white-nose syndrome in its bat populations.

Summer Special: Choosing A National Park River To Float

So many rivers and so many different paddling experiences can be found in the National Park System. So how do you figure out which one you want to float on your summer vacation?

Summer Special: A Potpourri Of Summertime Adventures In the National Park System

Summer easily is the best time of year to get out and get sweaty in the National Park System, if only because the warmer weather makes more opportunities available. In time to help you plan your summer vacation, here's a potpourri of outdoor adventures in the parks.

New River Gorge National River Proposing Hiking, Biking Trail Improvements

Fans of New River Gorge National River who enjoy the park for hiking and biking, as well as for white-water boating or fishing, are being asked to review a plan to improve hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the park.

National Park Mystery Plant 14 Revealed: It's the Devil's Walking Stick

The Aralia spinosa acquired its devilish name for good reason

The Value of a View - New River Gorge National River Adds Key Acreage Under Landmark Bridge

How much is a key landscape in a park worth? It's a lot more than 25 cents, although this particular view is featured on the West Virginia State Quarter in the U. S. Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. An important part of that scene has now been protected with the recent addition of 618 acres to the New River Gorge National River.

Bridge Day 2010 is in the Books at New River Gorge National River

On one day each October since 1980, thousands of people have happily accepted the invitation to "take a flying leap" from the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere. The 31st annual Bridge Day was held on October 16, 2010, at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia.

Let's Stay Safe In the National Parks This Summer, Okay?

Summer's arrival and the height of the vacation season is filling the National Park System with folks and families looking to relax, kick back, and enjoy being together in fabulous settings. Let's just not forget to be safe out there, though.

List of Top 10 Endangered Rivers Includes Two That Flow Through The National Park System

American Rivers came out there other day with its top 10 list of endangered rivers, and No. 1 was the Upper Delaware, which flows through the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. No. 3 also falls in the National Park System, the Gauley River around which the Gauley River National Recreation Area rises up from.

Spring is a Great Time To Watch For Migratory Birds in the National Parks

Spring is a fantastic time to be outdoors. Along with the beauty of plants in bloom, a trip to a national park can reveal mammals emerging from their hibernation and frogs singing up a storm. But the one spring event that brings countless new and life-long nature lovers to our nation’s parks is the return of migratory songbirds.

Spring Is A Good Time To Be Thinking About River Trips In the National Park System

Snowmelt's running around the National Park System, which makes it a perfect time to start thinking about paddling trips in the parks. Here are some ideas, and contacts, that can help you get wet in the months ahead.

Where In the National Park System Will You Venture in 2010?

Winter is a great time for planning national park vacations. These suggestions will help you get started in the right direction, whether your interests are mainstream or nontraditional.

New River Gorge National River Proposing Hiking/Biking Trails

As evidence that there's more to meet the eye than just a river, the folks at New River Gorge National River are talking about creating some shared-use trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

Where Can You Find the Best Fall Foliage In the National Park System? Here Are Ten Contenders

Where do you go to digitally capture fall colors in the National Park System? The National Park Foundation released a list of the Top 10 parks for fall color the other day, and there are some old stalwarts, and some upstarts as well!

Catwalk Tours at New River Gorge Bridge Will Delight Some and Scare the Hell Out of the Rest

The long wait is nearly over. Beginning next year, people with the guts to do it will be able to walk across the New River Gorge on a 30 inch-wide, 3,030 foot-long maintenance catwalk beneath the canyon’s world-famous bridge.

Traveler’s Checklist: New River Gorge National River

New River Gorge National River has a lot more than whitewater rafting and views of one of America’s most spectacular bridges. This West Virginia gem also offers auto touring, historic sites, primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, and more.
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