GLEN JEAN, WV – New River Gorge National River Superintendent Lizzie Watts has announced
that winter operating hours for park facilities will be in effect from December 1, 2017 – March
31, 2018. “Winter is a fantastic time to experience the peace and solitude of the park,” said
Superintendent Watts. “It can also be a challenging time of year to be outside, so be sure to
check the current and forecasted conditions, and make sure you are well-prepared before
During the winter, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open daily from 9:00 am to
5:00 pm. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. The Sandstone Visitor Center in
Sandstone will be open four days a week, Friday through Monday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It
will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.
All other park facilities are open for the winter including the campgrounds, parking lots, boat
launches, roads, and most trails. The park is normally open 24 hours a day, although certain
access roads or areas may be temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions such as snow
or ice. Long-term and most temporary closures are posted on the park’s webpage under
“Alerts”, or at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/conditions.htm, or through social media platforms
such as Facebook and Twitter.
A variety of free guided activities will be offered once again this winter, as part of the popular
“Get Active in the Park” partnership with Active Southern West Virginia. Guided hikes and tai
chi sessions will be offered several times each month. Winter sports demos such as cross-
country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and more will be offered as weather permits. A current
calendar of events can be found at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/programs.htm.