See The South: National Parks of Southern West Virginia


Bluestone National Scenic River

If you really want an outdoor escape, the Bluestone National Scenic River in West Virginia can sweep you far away from the bustle. Only accessible through its neighboring state parks, this wild stretch of water is a secluded natural wonder. Enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking and other relaxing recreationin the tranquility of this stunning park. You’ll likely spot an eagle, or other regal wildlife.

Gauley River National Recreation Area

Though one of the World’s Top 10 Whitewater Rivers flows through it, the Gauley National Recreation Area is a remote and rugged landscape. Barely accessible except via the river, its long history of industry has been almost entirely erased by Mother Nature. Explore the beauty of this magnificent, pristine wilderness with a rafting adventure.

New River Gorge National River

As the adventure epicenter of the East Coast, the New River Gorge is a rolling outdoor playground for families and thrillseekers alike. It’s a recreation paradise—world-class whitewater, rock climbing, ziplining, mountain biking, hiking and more. It’s also home to the state’s iconic bridge, which BASE jumpers leap from once a year. Come play in the New River Gorge.