New River Gorge National Park Hiking & Camping

Trip Length4 Days
Group Size4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$2,499 for REI Members
$2,749 for non-members
DeparturesMay 2024-Sep 2024

Spend 4 days immersed in the grandeur of the New River Gorge hiking to iconic viewpoints, traversing the New River Gorge Bridge and paddling the New River.

New River Gorge National Park is a blend of natural beauty, rich coal mining history and, at its center, an engineering marvel in the form of the New River Gorge Bridge. We will discover America’s 63rd National Park by river, land, and bridge. Epic cliffs, stunning gorge views and cascading waterfalls are just a few of the highlights in this West Virginia adventure! Our itinerary is carefully curated to expose you to a wide array of perspectives and to let you step away from the hustle of daily life and return to a simpler time.

Our campground is nestled just along the border of the National Park allowing us to hike right into camp and still have the comforts of hot showers, fresh meals, and luxurious tent platforms. Our guides handle the planning, cooking, and driving leaving you with more time to roast smores, relax around the fire, and reminisce about your favorite trails and rapids.

New River Gorge Bridge, the longest arch bridge in the western hemisphere!

Trip Highlights

  • Hike to incredible vistas at Grandview Overlook and the Endless Wall
  • Camp in comfy tents a short walk from New River Gorge National Park
  • Learn about the rich human history embedded in this region
  • Hike across the underside of New River Gorge Bridge
  • Enjoy a kayaking or rafting trip on the New River


This trip is rated Easy Active[2]. Participants should enjoy hiking and feel comfortable hiking multiple days with up to 7 miles and 1000 feet of elevation gain per day. There will be select options for greater mileage and elevation. Participants should feel comfortable paddling kayaks or paddling on a raft in up to class III rapids under guided supervision. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 2–3 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Bridge Walk
  • Multisport

What's Included

Any park or other admission fees or permits, guides, round trip transportation from Charleston, WV. All meals and snacks from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 4; see trip gear list for details on gear provided during this adventure.


Established campsite – 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for New River Gorge National Park Hiking & Camping
Day 1

New River... Gorgeous! Enjoy the views and conquer the New River Gorge Bridge

After meeting our guides and fellow travelers in Charleston, WV we get a brief orientation before setting out. Once in New River Gorge National Park, we begin our first hike to the Endless Wall, famous for iconic views of the gorge and the New River 1,000 feet below. Often, we get a bird’s eye view of rafters and kayakers running rapids. After lunch we head out for an exhilarating tour across the underside of the New River Gorge Bridge. Harnessed and clipped in, we get a guided walking tour on the catwalk that traverses the bridge and get some unmatchable photo opportunities along the way. This afternoon we take Fayette Station Road down to river level and make our way to Wolf Creek Falls. We have the option to hike directly under the bridge into camp. Tonight, our guides will help you get comfortable in camp and prepare the first of many delicious camp meals. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 2.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss +653’ / -767’; Optional hike: 1.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss +597’/-242’; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 2

A Grand View and Glade Falls

We wake to a beautiful sunrise peeking through the canopy of trees and a hearty breakfast prepared by the guide team. We set off for Grandview, an area of the park that spent 50 years as one of West Virginia’s most popular state parks before being added into the National Park. From Grandview we can see 1,400 feet down to the river and a sprawling 7 miles of the New River. We hike along the rim to Turkey Spur with several overlooks on the way. This afternoon we head to Glade Creek, where we hike along an old narrow gauge railroad path that runs parallel with the creek all the way to the New River. Along the way, we take in Glade Creek’s beautiful rivulets and waterfalls, learn about the logging industry and reforestation efforts and enjoy lunch along the creek. This evening we return to camp where we can shower and enjoy dinner before setting off to chase sunset, a perfect end to a great day of adventure. All meals included.

Hiking: 7.1 miles, Elevation gain/loss +944 / -1,899’; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 3

Kayak or raft the Upper New River – choose your own adventure!

What trip to the New River Gorge is complete without some time on its namesake river? Today we fuel up in camp before setting off to meet our Upper New River Gorge rafting and kayaking guides. We have the flexibility today to choose our own adventure, whether that’s more action, splashing, and paddling in a kayak or paddling with a group in a guided raft. Despite its name, the New River is one of the oldest rivers on earth. It also flows north, making the water warmer than you might expect. After a full day of fun on the water we unwind with appetizers overlooking the gorge before returning to camp for dinner, dessert and some well-deserved relaxation. All meals included.

Rafting or kayaking: Full day tour; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 4

Long Point, Kaymoor Mine, and farewell to New River Gorge

Soak in the sunrise and enjoy tent-side coffee before we break camp and set off for our final adventure. We start the morning hiking down to see historic Kaymoor Mine. For the ambitious adventurer, we take the 821 steps down from the mine site to see more industrial remains and coke ovens—we can’t help but imagine that daily commute. Once we’ve gathered again at Kaymoor Top we set off hiking to one final overlook. After bidding farewell to New River Gorge, we head into town for a late lunch before returning to Charleston. We anticipate getting back early evening. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 3.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss +988’ / -982’; Optional hike: 0.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss +614’ / -614’; Van transfer: 2 hours

Itinerary map for New River Gorge National Park Hiking & Camping

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

Already booked this trip? Sign into your online traveler profile for a more detailed list of what you'll need.

Provided by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • All Group Paddling Gear
  • Camp Furniture
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent(s)

What to pack

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales ( 1 (800) 426-4840 ) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

Trip specifics may change over time. Reviews reflect the version of the trip that was active at the time the reviewer took it. Please review the itinerary as described above and call our team for any additional details.