Located in the heart of West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park was designated in December 2020 and is officially America’s newest national park. Encompassing more than 70,000 acres of land along the scenic New River, it is full of stunning wonders just waiting to be explored. Among the oldest rivers in North America, the New River is a rugged, whitewater oasis flowing northward through deep canyons. The park is rich in cultural and natural history.

My family and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive out to the national park on a long weekend to check another destination off our bucket list, and I can’t wait to share our adventures with you. Shortly after my husband and I were married, we discovered a shared love for travel and dreamed of exploring all of America’s 63 national parks together. We lived in Hawaii at the time, so much of the great outdoors across America was time-consuming and cost-prohibitive to explore, but now that we have relocated to the East Coast, we have been able to visit a few more wonders — and New River Gorge National Park might just be our new favorite. Let’s dive in.

If you’re planning a visit to this incredible national park, there’s no better time to visit than during National Park Week. Learn all about this celebration of America’s great outdoors — including fee-free days throughout the year!

 Visit the National Park Service’s website to learn more about the breathtaking New River Gorge National Park and plan your trip.

If you want to discover more incredible boots-on-the-ground adventures across America from our local travel experts, check out the articles in OnlyInYourState’s Everyday Explorers series. What destinations would you like to see featured next on OnlyInYourState’s Everyday Explorers? Tell us where we should go on our nominations page.

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