River Expeditions is conveniently located near the heart of the 70,000 acre New River Gorge National Park where hiking and biking trails are yours to explore. Begin your exploration at the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center where park rangers are on staff to lead interpretive hikes and point the way to the most unique spots within the park. Join a park ranger for a special activity, walk, or hike. Ranger-led activities provide an opportunity to learn more about the natural world that surrounds us and about the people who have shaped our past.
Learn more about the beautiful area we call New River Gorge! Rangers from the National Park Service will be joining River Expeditions on select dates throughout the summer to present a free 45-minute program on various topics. This program runs June – August at our Fire Creek Lodge & Conference Center. Come and discover more about our area’s amazing plants, animals, and history!West Virginia is home to some of the country’s most beautiful state parks, as well. Be sure to check out these fabulous parks, within an hour’s drive of River Expeditions and each with distinctive offerings and opportunities for their visitors. Some parks offer lodging and camping, golf, swimming, boating, aerial tramways, restaurants, and other recreational opportunities and, of course, dramatic views of the West Virginia landscape.
Pipestem Resort State Park
The 4,000 acre Pipestem Resort State Park has something for everyone. From spectacular scenic overlooks of the Bluestone Gorge to lodges, vacation rental cottages, campgrounds, golf courses, restaurants, modern conference facilities, and more, The Park name derives from pipestem, or narrowleaf meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), a locally common shrub historically used for making pipe stems.
Twin Falls Resort State Park
Twin Falls offers overnight accommodations ranging from a 47-room lodge located on the mountain top to secluded cottages or 50 site campground on almost 4,000 acres. For golfers, Twin Falls provides an 18-hole, Par 71 championship golf course. Other leisure activities at Twin Falls include twelve scenic hiking and biking trails, picnicking, swimming in an outdoor pool, full-service restaurant, and the history of the Pioneer Farm. Its two namesake waterfalls are reached by a hiking trail and are about 1/2-mile apart on the Marsh and Black Forks of Cabin Creek.
Hawks Nest State Park
Hawks Nest State Park encompasses 276 acres bordering a rugged section of the New River Gorge National River and known for panoramic views of the river, 750 feet below. The park is named after the osprey (some call them, “fish hawks”) that once nested on the cliffs. Today, many hawks, turkey vultures,, black vultures and the occasional bald and golden eagles are seen soaring above the canyon. A 31-room lodge looks out over peaceful Hawks Nest Lake.
Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre park featuring many outdoor recreational opportunities. The 18-acre Little Beaver Lake is open for fishing year-round with many types of game fish including bass, crappie, channel cat, bluegill and trout. Paddle and rowboat rentals are available seasonally. The park also offers five reservable picnic shelters, playgrounds, geocaching, and an activities building with game room. Trails are open for both hiking and biking. Little Beaver’s Campground offers 46-site camp sites 30 of which are gravel based and have water and electric hookup.
Babcock State Park
Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. History meets beauty with the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a re-creation of one which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park.
Leave No Trace Program Principles
Each of us has different reasons for visiting parks. More and more of us are taking the opportunity to explore these areas and the land often shows the results of this use. You can help minimize the impact of your visit by following the basic Leave No Trace principles below:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Camp and travel on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors