Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in New River Gorge National River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful view, the drive down Irish Mountain was atrocious would recommend truck, 4×4, or off road vehicle otherwise find alternate route because rd is highly washed out and cars will not make it. otherwise trail was well made and waterfalls were amazing

23 days ago

Nice wide trail making hiking with pets a breeze! Pretty view following the river!

1 month ago

Well kept

on Stone Cliff Trail

1 month ago

We went on a whim along this trail with our dog. It’s a very interesting walk down then back up to about 300 ft around a bend in the river. There were several nice waterfalls/streams to cross by stepping on rocks, the waterfalls trickle down from way up on the hill. We went further than the posted trail, around the bend looking for what might be a “stone cliff”, but we only found large boulders that had fallen down on to the trail. Another person mentioned a growel from the woods, we also heard it too past where the trail was supposed to end. We guessed it to be a large wildcat of some kind, but we did not see it. We decided to turn around and go back shortly after the noise. We then get on here to post a review and read another person’s post with a similar story. We recommend not going alone if you’re going to past the lower trail and up the final incline.

its been redone recently. looks great

Very wet, but it had been raining a ton. The dog liked the trail. Nice forest, but nothing spectacular.

Breathtaking view

Amazing views!!

7 months ago

Hiked this trail with a friend. Around the 2.4-mile mark, the trail becomes less traveled and starts to pull away from the river as it enters the river bend. My friend and I heard a growling-like sound coming from the hillside above us, and when it repeated a couple seconds later, we decided it was time to turn around and head back. We didn't see where it was coming from but listening to audio clips online later, we think it may have been a bobcat. Be careful if you hike this trail, especially if you go by yourself.

Easy walk and stunning views. It's also a great place to swim and wade.

trail running
10 months ago

hard as hell to run with the uphills, super easy on the flats. trail is in great shape.

on Stone Cliff Trail

10 months ago

Very close hike by the water, lots of opportunities to eat lunch by the river. Very muddy, trail becomes impassable around 2.8 miles not sure if there is more.

11 months ago

Short, easy lollipop loop. Make sure you turn left at 0.3 miles to head into the forest, not right to head into the prairie. Although you are near the edge of the gorge, there are no views. There are some nice beech and hemlock trees.

This is a short boardwalk to the upper viewing area and then down a long wooden stairs to the lower and better viewpoint. I recommend going very early in the morning while the mist is in the gorge and there's better sunlight on the bridge.

Short easy and gorgeous. Found out from a friend that the 1994 version of "Lassie" was filmed on this location.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice walk, very slight grade

Friday, March 24, 2017

no sleep till brooklyn

Friday, December 30, 2016

I had been planning to hike this trail until I found this at www.nps.gov. Just want to share with other users: "Glen Jean, West Virginia, September 11, 2014—Portions of the Rend Trail, formerly known as the Thurmond Minden Trail, will be closed effective immediately due to safety concerns. Federal highway engineers recently completed inspections on trail bridges throughout the park and discovered structural damage to one of the bridges on this popular hiking and biking trail. The damage occurred on the second bridge from the Minden side, 1.27 miles in from the Minden trailhead or 1.96 miles in from the Thurmond trailhead. The cribbing supporting the bridge has rotted and is no longer structurally stable. Engineers have stated that this bridge is no longer safe and can fail at any time."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I fully agree with what is said on this trail description; I did it hiking and it is also a very enjoyable experience. The scenery is beautiful, and yes, the wooden bridges and some remains of the tracks add to the scenery. One can imagine how it looked like a century ago!

Such a beautiful place. It is almost too short to count as a hike.

A lot of beauty in a short hike. This is a must see if you are in the area.

nature trips
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice overlook to see the bridge

This is a beautiful trail in a lovely area. It has multiple falls areas and informational signs. Very short but very pretty. Definitely worth the visit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Easy family hike to a scenic overlook of the gorge.

beautiful view, easy access, worth the trip.

Monday, May 30, 2016

has good views of the bridge and the new river

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I did this back over the summer. Great views!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Great views of the bridge.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nice, short hike from the Burnwood Day Use Area. There's a picnic area at the trailhead, too. It's pretty, right across from the Visitor Center parking lot.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Awesome views. Stairs can be killer but well worth it.

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