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America’s Newest National Park


Visit the United States’ Newest National Park, The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve!

On Monday, December 21, West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Manchin, and Representative Carol Miller announced the designation of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. This amplifies to the nation’s 63rd national park, the first in West Virginia.



The New River Gorge has long been a destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Here, you’ll find whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking among the top activities for visitors and locals to experience. With the added distinction in becoming a national park, it is expected that more people will travel to Southern West Virginia to experience the United States’ brand new national park.

New River Gorge Bridge

The distinction as a “preserve” will allow hunting to continue to take place on the parklands, with land becoming available for hunting for the first time in areas upstream of the New River Gorge Bridge, in Grandview. This will allow hunters to continue to enjoy the land as their ancestors have for generations.

ACE Adventure Resort, located in Oak Hill, WV, shares a border with the property set to become the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. ACE is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the park on guided whitewater rafting and rock climbing trips. Plus, ACE is the home to the only zipline course with views of the New River Gorge–where you can see the beauty of the river from a bird’s eye view.

Mark another national park off your list with a visit to the newest one!

Climbing in the Lower New River Gorge with the New River Gorge Bridge in the background in West Virginia.


Chelsea Bricker, Social Media Coordinator and Author at ACE Adventure Resort.
BY Chelsea Bricker

Chelsea was born and raised in Southern West Virginia and enjoys sharing her love of the Mountain State with everybody she can. Chelsea began her career at ACE as a zipline guide, and after earning her degree in Journalism from West Virginia University, moved to the marketing department where she filled the role of Social Media Coordinator.

When she’s not writing about how amazing West Virginia is, you can find her climbing, hiking, and playing in the New River Gorge with her 7-year-old son Holden and two puppers, Zelda and Newton.