New River Gorge Area Events

Mix it up!

You can come to the New River Gorge for some adventure. And then you can come for some adventure and a big celebration. We have them all year long. The only question is this:

Which ones will you come to?

Seasonal Events

Since we have 4 distinct seasons here in the gorge, we feel the need to celebrate. A lot. Our events aren’t always tied to a season, but the weather around here is so distinctly awesome, they might as well be.

Spring is renewal, getting outside, and doing what we love best: enjoying the gorge. Summer is an invitation for everyone to come up and enjoy (and we’re within a day’s drive of 50% of the population). Fall doesn’t get much better than the New River Gorge. When the leaves turn, it’s time to celebrate again. Maybe that’s why we host West Virginia’s biggest one day festival.

Bridge Day

Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world. It’s amazing. Trust us.

Bridge Day is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 100,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day. The New River Gorge Bridge is 876′ tall and the world’s second longest single arch bridge.

Who wouldn’t want to see someone jump off it?

Apr
1
Tue
11th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
Apr 1 – Apr 28 all-day
11th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

Celebrate Spring in Appalachia at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend 

Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites!

Are you ready for spring?Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend April 25 to 27, 2014! Explore the area’s natural diversity at programs in New River Gorge National River, Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Little Beaver State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, and Tamarack. Here is the programs schedule for this year’s event:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Handywork for Earth Day: Garlic Mustard Pull

8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Glade Creek trailhead on Glade Creek Access Road in New River Gorge National River near Prince, WV

9:30 am – 11:30 am, Meet in the lobby at McKeever Lodge at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, WV.

Celebrate Earth Day and lend a helping hand to the natural forest at one of two locations. Join park staff to help remove a troublesome invasive plant species, garlic mustard. Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy walking shoes, work gloves, and bring water. Space is limited. Reservations requested by April 22; call 304-466-0417.

Wildflower ID 101: Basic Field Guide Skills

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Long Point trailhead off Gatewood Road near Fayetteville, WV.  Bring your favorite wildflower field guide (or use one of ours) for a close-up look at spring blossoms on this 2.0 mile walk through old field, forest, and near a mountain stream.

Youth Arts in the Parks Performance Celebration

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, auditorium at Tamarack in Beckley, WV.  See how nature has inspired performance arts of choral, dance, instrument, and the spoken word. This celebration of ecology through art features performances by students of Ansted Middle School’s Show Choir, Beckley-Stratton Middle School Reading Class, CODA Mountain Academy of Music, Karen’s Academy of Dance, and Nicholas County High School’s String Ensemble.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Early Birding at Grandview

7:30 am to 8:30 am, Grandview– Shelter #4 at New River Gorge National River in Grandview, WV. Bring your binoculars and get an early start with the local neighbors – birds. Explore several habitats to see feathered creature hang-outs.

Hike Into Spring!

9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Grandview– Shelter #4, New River Gorge National River in Grandview, WV.  Join naturalists on a leisurely 2.5-mile hike from Grandview down to the New River, finding wildflowers and other natural wonders along the way. Be prepared for some steep terrain as we travel down an old dirt road. A free return shuttle will be provided. Reservations requested by April 22; call 304-466-0417.

Afternoon with the Artists

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Tamarack’s front entrance garden and art studios in Beckley, WV. Come and go as you please to see how nature inspires the arts. See Tamarack artists demonstrate their skills. Try your hand at 5-minute photography in the garden (cameras will be available). Explore the art gallery and Youth Arts in the Parks exhibit at your leisure.

Little Beaver’s Signs of Spring Walk

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, park office at Little Beaver State Park in Beaver, WV. See spring in bloom on this leisurely 1.30 mile discover walk throughout the park. Look for wildflowers, signs of animals, and much more.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Birding at Babcock

8:00 am to 9:30 am, Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV. Stroll the diverse habitats of Babcock in search of the region’s more secretive beauties—birds.

Falls & Flowers: the Nature of Brush Creek

2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, nature center at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, WV. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls and blooms along Brush Creek on this moderate 3.0 mile round trip walk. Meet at the nature center to car caravan or shuttle to the trailhead.

Hawks Nest Views & Beauties Walk

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, WV. Meet outside the park gift shop near the main overlook and the park’s original stone buildings (not at the lodge). Explore the walkway to the views at the main overlook, as well as a forested loop trail, the original section of the park built by the CCC. Walk 1.0 mile on this leisurely stroll through this beautiful and historic area, seeing nature’s wonders all around.

April 1 through 28, 2014

Youth Arts in the Parks

8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, art exhibit in the the center courtyard vestibules and the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Tamarack in Beckley, WV. Students from Fayette, Nicholas, and Raleigh  counties celebrate regional ecology through art in this special exhibit, works inspired by the nature of our public parks—especially  wildflowers.  www.tamarackwv.com

All programs are FREE! Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful.

For more information about area National Park Service sites visit http://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, follow us on Twitter at https://Twitter.com/NewRiverNPS, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center. For more details about West Virginia State Park sites visit www.wvstateparks.comor stop by any state park.       

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Apr
26
Sat
Hawks Nest Spring Clean-up! @ Hawks Nest State Park
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hawks Nest Spring Clean-up!

Join is for a fun day outdoors cleaning up the park for spring!

Saturday, April 26 from 9am-1pm

Get your “Hawks Nest Helper” Certificate.

Stay for a game of volleyball or walk on one of our trails.

RSVP by April 22 to let us know you’re coming!

Apr
28
Mon
2014 New River Birding & Nature Festival
Apr 28 – May 3 all-day

Speaker & Trip Schedule

April 28 – May 3, 2014 NRBNF

All field trips (except Birding by Butt) meet for a hot buffet breakfast at 6 a.m. in an outdoor pavilion. Gold Standard trips return at 2 p.m.; Premium trips at 6, and All-Day trips at 7. All Popcorn Presentations (at 3) and Dinners (at 6) are served at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat (except All-Day trip selections); presentations immediately follow.

Monday, April 28

6 am – 1 pm Birding by Butt Gold Standard
6 pm – 8 pm Dinner and Presentation at Opossum Creek Retreat – Jim McCormac

Tuesday, April 29

6 am – 2 pm Sugar Creek Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Nuttallburg Walk Gold Standard 6 am – 6 pm Cranberry Glades FULL 6 am – 7 pm Headwaters Tour
6 pm – 8 pm Dinner and Presentation at Opossum Creek Retreat – Bill Thompson, III

Wednesday, April 30

6 am – 2 pm High Country Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Sewell Mountain Gold Standard FULL 6 am – 6 pm Cotton Hill 6 am – 7 pm Sugar Creek
6 pm – 8 pm Dinner and Presentation at Opossum Creek Retreat – Connie Toops

Thursday, May 1

6 am – 2 pm Buerry Mountain Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Summerlee Rail Trail Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Burnwood to Babcock Gold Standard 6 am – 6 pm Sewell Mountain 6 am – 7 pm Cranberry Glades
6 pm – 8 pm Dinner and Presentation at Opossum Creek Retreat – Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle

Friday, May 2

6 am – 2 pm Nuttallburg Walk Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm High Country Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Wolf Creek Walk Gold Standard 6 am – 6 pm Irma Byrd Center/Bolt Mountain 6 am – 7 pm Muddlety Strips
6 pm – 8 pm Dinner and Presentation at Opossum Creek Retreat – Julie Zickefoose

Saturday, May 3

6 am – 2 pm Guides Choice Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Sugar Creek Gold Standard FULL 6 am – 2 pm Long Point Walk Gold Standard 6 am – 2 pm Buerry Mountain Gold Standard 6 am – 6 pm Cotton Hill
6 pm – Dinner and Show at Opossum Creek Retreat – Rain Crows

Please be forgiving as the Dinner Presentation and Popcorn speaker line-ups may change.

Icon Key: Premium trips (+ $50/person) All-Day trips (+ $50/person) Gold Standard Authentic Appalachian Ramp Lunch

Click here to see Trip Descriptions Click here to see your Trip Leaders Click here to see Festival Registration options

Popcorn Presentations

For those who just can’t get enough, Popcorn Presentations are scheduled to take place at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat after trips return and before dinner (so they start around 3′ish and end around 5) – and yes… we serve popcorn.

Monday – Pat Sutton Tuesday – Ben Lizdas Wednesday – Jim Rapp Thursday – Noah Stryker Friday – Michael O’Brien

May
9
Fri
Manny and Moo Moo @ HIstoric Fayette Theatre
May 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winning the Lottery may not give you everything you wanted.

May
10
Sat
Manny and Moo Moo @ HIstoric Fayette Theatre
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winning the Lottery may not give you everything you wanted.

May
16
Fri
Manny and Moo Moo @ HIstoric Fayette Theatre
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winning the Lottery may not give you everything you wanted.

May
17
Sat
Manny and Moo Moo @ HIstoric Fayette Theatre
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winning the Lottery may not give you everything you wanted.

May
18
Sun
Manny and Moo Moo @ HIstoric Fayette Theatre
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winning the Lottery may not give you everything you wanted.

May
31
Sat
Musicians & Songwriters Conference and Workshop @ Hawks Nest State Park
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Musicians and songwriters conference and workshop featuring Legendary “Jay Flippin”, with special guest Jeff Flanigan.

Hawks Nest Restaurant Conference Room

There will be three sessions from 9am-4pm and an open mic from 6-9pm.

Session 1 Philosophy of song writing

Session 2 Writing the music

Session 3 Summary and practical considerations

Fayette County 4-H Dog Show @ Lively Family Amphitheatre
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A fun and furry event for the whole family (even if you don’t own a dog)! Does your dog have the best trick? Does it have he waggiest tale or is it the biggest dog you’ve ever seen? Then come join us!