23 New River Gorge Favorites From 2023 

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the countless adventures and experiences that made 2023 truly special in the New River Gorge. From adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities to serene moments of relaxation, our area continues to be a haven for those seeking an escape from the ordinary. Here are our 23 New River Gorge favorites from the past year.

  1. Four Seasons
    Whether it was the vibrant blooms of spring, the lazy days of summer, the crisp air of fall or the snowy landscapes of winter, the New River Gorge showcased its beauty in every season.
  2. Hiking
    Our trails saw footsteps of explorers, each path leading to breathtaking vistas and hidden gems within the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
  3. Float Trips
    Drifting along the gentle currents of the New River allowed visitors to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the region.
  4. Gauley Season
    The thrill of Gauley season once again brought high-energy adventurers from far and wide to conquer the challenging rapids, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
  5. Cozy Places to Stay
    From charming cabins to boutique vacation rentals, the New River Gorge offered cozy accommodations that felt like a home away from home.
  6. Mountain Biking Trails
    Thrill-seekers explored the diverse mountain biking trails, catering to both beginners and seasoned riders.
  7. Rock Climbing Routes
    Scaling the rugged cliffs of the New River Gorge provided a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring views.
  8. Bridge Day
    The 44th Bridge Day celebration once again drew crowds to witness the daring feats of BASE jumpers and the breathtaking scenery from the New River Gorge Bridge. (Save the date for next year’s Bridge Day on October 19, 2024.)
  9. Bridge Walk
    Walking on the catwalk beneath the New River Gorge Bridge offered a unique perspective of this engineering marvel.
  10. Horseback Rides
    The clip-clop of hooves echoed through the scenic landscapes as visitors explored the beauty of the New River Gorge on horseback.
  11. Jetboat Rides
    The excitement peaked as jetboat rides navigated the swirling waters of the New River, presenting a unique and captivating view of the majestic New River Gorge Bridge.
  12. Ziplining
    Soaring through the treetops, zipliners experienced the rush of wind and the beauty of the New River Gorge from above.
  13. Indoor Activities
    For those seeking a break from the elements, indoor activities such as escape rooms, yoga and bowling provided entertainment and relaxation.
  14. Family Fun
    Families created lasting memories with activities catered to all ages, making the New River Gorge a destination for generations.
  15. New Stores and Familiar Favorites
    The year brought new additions to our shopping scene while preserving the charm of beloved local stores.
  16. Dining Specials
    Every corner was a culinary adventure, as local restaurants crafted special menus that highlighted the rich and diverse flavors of the region.
  17. Events
    Festivals, concerts and community gatherings filled the calendar, creating a vibrant atmosphere that celebrated the spirit of the New River Gorge.
  18. Art Galleries & Theaters
    The cultural scene thrived with art galleries and live performances, providing a platform for local talent to shine.
  19. Camping
    The stars above and the sounds of nature surrounded campers who embraced the simplicity and beauty of outdoor living.
  20. National Park and Preserve
    The designation as a National Park and Preserve at the end of 2020, continued to bring increased recognition and conservation efforts to protect this natural wonder.
  21. In the News
    The New River Gorge garnered attention in the media, showcasing the region’s allure to a broader audience.
  22. Instagram Tags
    Social media was abuzz with stunning photos, spreading the beauty and adventures of the New River Gorge far and wide.
  23. Our New and Returning Visitors
    Last but certainly not least, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to both new and returning visitors who chose the New River Gorge as their destination. Your presence and enthusiasm contribute to our lively community.

Cheers to another year of adventure in the New River Gorge! Request a free copy of our travel guide to help plan your 2024 getaway.