National Park

New River Gorge Dog Policy

New River Gorge National Park is Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

The New River Gorge is the deepest river gorge east of the Mississippi River. The park is primarily the lower gorge area around the New River Gorge Bridge, which features some of the country's best whitewater rafting. Smaller noncontiguous sections showcase the ghost town of Thurmond, the scenic Grandview vista, and Sandstone Falls. The other 65,165 acres (263.71 km2) of the redesignated national river is now a national preserve, spanning 53 mi (85 km) of the New River.[1]

New River Gorge National Park is a dog friendly park, and dogs are allowed throughout the park while on a leash no longer than 6'. There are only primitive campsites within the park, but dogs are allowed at the campsites. Please ensure your dog is well hydrated, respect wildlife, and bag & remove any dog waste.

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Pet Policy Details
11 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on all trails at New River Gorge National Park while on a leash no longer than 6'. Bring extra water for your dog, and note that streams may contain parasites such as Giardia that can affect you and your dog.

Campground Policy

New River Goarge National Park only has primitive camping, but dogs are allowed at campsites if they're on a leash. There are other campgrounds nearby. Please see the NPS site on camping at New River Gorge National Park if you want more information.

Campground Dogs Allowed?
Brooklyn Campground Yes
Burnwood Group Campsite Yes
Glade Creek Campground Yes
Meadow Creek Campground Yes
Thayer Campground Yes
War Ridge/Backus Mountain Campground Yes
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Location & Map

West Virginia
Hinton, Beckley, Glen Jean, and Fayetteville

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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