The best camping near New River Gorge National Park

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Mountain Magnolia Forest Farm

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Fayetteville, WV
8 acres of beautiful forested land with a small creek running nearby the campsite. WALKING distance to New River Gorge National Park! Approx 5min walk across edmond-lansing rd to short creek/head house trail. Hiking to views of the gorge, down to the river and plenty of climbing. Endless wall is 2 min drive down the road, some of the best hiking and climbing in the gorge! Beauty Mountain overlook is 1.5 miles away. Campsite is off of a private neighborhood road. GPS will NOT take you to our place. It will send you to the neighbors, so please follow written directions from host. We don’t want to burden our neighbors. Thank you! There is a small fire ring, bring dry wood and make sure to put your fire completely out anytime you wont be attending it, this is the woods. ALL are welcome. This space is a safe place, and prejudice or hate will not be tolerated. Thank you for treating others with respect and kindness.
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Ray's Campground

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Hico, WV
Ray's Campground is a picturesque camping facility located in Hico, West Virginia. Nestled in the heart of nature, this campground offers a serene and tranquil setting for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. The campground is situated amidst lush greenery, with towering trees providing shade and a sense of privacy to campers. The natural landscape of the area creates a peaceful atmosphere that allows visitors to unwind and connect with nature. Ray's Campground offers a variety of camping options to cater to different preferences. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, you'll find suitable accommodations here. The campground provides spacious campsites with fire rings and picnic tables, allowing you to have a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. One of the highlights of Ray's Campground is its proximity to the scenic New River Gorge National River. This nationally recognized park offers breathtaking views of the New River and its impressive gorge. Visitors can engage in a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. The campground serves as an excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of the area. In addition to the stunning natural surroundings, Ray's Campground provides amenities to enhance your camping experience. The facilities may include clean restrooms with showers, and a communal gathering area where you can socialize with fellow campers. Whether you are seeking solitude in nature or looking to engage in thrilling outdoor adventures, Ray's Campground in Hico, WV, offers a welcoming and scenic environment for a memorable camping getaway.
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Stay by the New River

3 sites · Lodging, Tents1 acre · Hinton, WV
Come to the Southern Gateway of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Serenity with the sound of the falls. I have a beautiful spot on the New River at the top of Brooks Falls that we call “Rock Bottom”. Electricity, coffee pot, a grill and a sink may be available - just ask!. You will have access to a private toilet as well.
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Mountaintop Retreat

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres · Jumping Branch, WV
Want to see 5 star panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains? This ultra safe, ultra private property is located only 10 minutes off interstate 77. There is only one farm past ours so traffic is very minimal. Plenty of room to do what you and your pets want to do while exploring on our 60 acres. Come enjoy the view and recharge and relax in peace and quiet. The sun rises up behind the view and lets you see just a little further. It is magical and one of the best things this mountain has to offer. It will not disappoint. We can accommodate up to a 35ft RV. The best part is no long walk for the best views! You can park at the campsites and camp on flat ground. Each campsite features a bench and a camp cooktop. Nothing is needed to use the cook tops other than a campfire. The area has many parks, rivers and trails for fly fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and photography, etc. View stars as only those miles away from any light can experience. The crickets and whippoorwills will sing you to sleep. Google link, trail map, and campsite location map will be emailed the day of arrival. Close to: Winterplace Ski Resort New River New River Gorge State Park Fayetteville Rafting & Tourism Camp Creek State Park Little Beaver State Park Grandview State Park Pipestem State Park Twin Falls Resort Babcock State Park Kanawha State Park Hawks Nest State Park Pinnacle Rock State Park Brush Creek Falls Bluestone State Park Sandstone Falls State Park
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Mountains,Woods,Ponds, Natural

20 sites · RVs, Tents300 acres · Lewisburg, WV
Learn more about this land: We have 4 ponds on our property we have open areas, wooded areas, we raise cattle, sheep and chickens. All of the acreage has mountainous views. Our town of Lewisburg is 15 minutes away. Lots to do and enjoy. We sell beef, eggs, firewood, and seasonal vegetables. We also have a Porta potty now on the property for use.
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Starry Nights New River Gorge

6 sites · RVs, Tents88 acres · Hinton, WV
Welcome to Starry Night New River Gorge of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Starry Nights NRG is 88 acres of mountain top land in the heart of Southeast WV with easy access to a lake, rivers, State Parks, and National Parks. Enjoy long range views to the East and West of the Appalachian and Allegheny Mountains. See the sun rise and fall beyond the distant blue ridge lines as you await vast night skies free of light pollution. Watch the smoke rise from the forests creating clouds after a foggy morning or rain. Discover cliffs, caves, springs and more as you adventure the land. Hike the terrain with the East and West side of the property providing different experiences. All wildlife is in abundance and bird watchers rejoice, the forests and pastures are alive. Enjoy the peace, still and quiet that comes with seclusion deep in the mountains. There are currently three camping sites available. Each one comes with a picnic table, fire ring, trash can and an outhouse. Cell phone and satellite service is excellent on the property. Benefits of being at the top. ••• Times include 15 minute descent from property to bottom of mountain ••• • 20 minutes to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve • 30 minutes to NRGNP: Sandstone Falls • 35 minutes to NRGNP Sandstone Visitor Center • 15 minutes to historic downtown Hinton, stores, groceries and gas • 15 minutes to 2000 acre Bluestone Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area, Bertha location. 20 minutes to Bluestone Lake Marina. 25 minutes to Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management, Indian Mills • 15 minutes to Greenbrier River • 15 minutes to New River • 20 minutes to Bluestone River • 35 minutes to Pipestem Resort State Park • 55 minutes to Winterplace Ski Resort
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Possum Holler Camp- New River Gorge

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Victor, WV
Camping at Possum Holler Camp will provide you the perfect blend of solitude and recreation access. You will truly be in the heart of the New River National Park, yet still feel secluded in the beautiful woods without neighbors. You will have private access to beautiful and idyllic Mill Creek, which has many beautiful emerald pools and is even seasonally stocked with rainbow trout! Within a mile you can access the New River Gorge Bridge and the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, and you are equally close to the park's world class climbing, rafting, hiking, ziplining, and mountain biking at the New River Gorge National Park and surrounding areas. Your group will have the entire camp to yourselves, so there's no need to worry about noisy neighbors. Our driveway has recently been revamped to include more flat parking and a less steep access route! While these improvements are great, we still caution our guests to avoid bringing large trailers and to use 4WD if available in an attempt to minimize rutting in the future. We want you to enjoy a lovely campfire, but we ask that you purchase firewood locally because invasive pest species can travel in firewood. Possum Holler Camp is a Leave No Trace campsite, guests are asked to pack out anything they bring in and leave the area undisturbed. This includes damaging vegetation, creating new fire rings, or altering the natural area in any way. Also, please do not camp in the meadow area and only use the cleared out areas in the woods surrounding the parking and picnic/fire area for pitching tents. If you stay below the high water line, then feel free to move as far up or downstream Mill Creek as you like. The creek is indescribably beautiful in both directions! But please keep in mind that there is private property once you are above the high water line, please do not trespass on our neighbor's property.
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Rewild Wilder at Willowwood

4 sites · Tents1 acre · Hinton, WV
Learn more about this land:A magical spot at the confluence of the Greenbrier River and Howards Creek. Access to 60 feet of the riverfront and several hundred feet of the creek.
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Beaver Lakes Campground LLC.

50 sites · RVs, Tents250 acres · Calvin, WV
Property was owned by my great grandfather , He lost 150 acres in the early 1900's due to a bad debt from neighboring landowner. Was so happy to be able to repurchase the 150 acres back in 2016,now own the original land tract and added more. 250 acres in total. Portions were strip mined around 1978-1982 creating some flat fields and access to all property. I might add that strip mining if done properly can and does enhance the property. Ponds were built to catch runoff and several new animal species moved in waterfowl ,muskrats, and beavers. The beavers have constructed large dams on property further adding to the beauty. Have seen several bald eagles on and around the property. 
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West Virginia Mtns & Woodlands

4 sites · Tents175 acres · Alderson, WV
It's been settled as a farm on and off since the 1700's and it's been vacant for the past 20 years so it has all been reverted back to woodland. We have a waterfall and natural springs and have a 1000ft change from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the mountain. We are a certified sustainable forest farm and would love to share our way of life with you! Learn more about this land:Pick a nice camping spot in our designated camping area you can hike down to the waterfalls or the river you'll get a beautiful Mountain sunrise and South Mountain Sunset wild Untamed no traffic peacefulWe also offer educational hikes for wild edibles and medicinals. As with any property. No harvesting of woodland plants is permitted. Unless on a supervised walk
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Hilltop Sunrise

1 site · RV1 acre · Scarbro, WV
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is home to just about any outdoor activity you can think of: fishing, boating, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, bi-plane rides, and more. Nearby towns of Oak Hill, Fayetteville, and Beckley have local and national chain restaurants offering burgers, sandwiches, pizza, tacos and fish. Multiple local shops roast, grind and brew unique coffee. Into shopping? Oak Hill and Fayetteville are full of fun outdoor activities as well as places to to find antiques, collectables, one of a kind gifts, local and regional hand-made goods. Fayette County has it all! For al full list of local amenities, check out our website: https://hilltopsunrise.com
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Bee Glamping Farm

1 site · Lodging26 acres · Victor, WV
You'll love this unique and romantic escape. Just 15 minutes from New River Gorge National Park, 15 minutes from Hawks Nest State Park, and 20 min from the all New Summersville Lake State Park.. at Bee Glamping Farm you will be camping with all the perks.. Your Bell tent includes a Queen size bed, WiFi, small fridge, all ran by solar power.. Cowboy pool/hot tub, Grill, Hot/Cold shower compost toilet.. Lots of back roads for riding your Atv’s (must bring your own, and ride at your own risk)
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The best camping near New River Gorge National Park guide

Overview

About

Spread out over 70,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountains, this West Virginia national park protects the New River Gorge and the lands around it. It was established in 2020 and offers an incredible variety of things to do, from camping and hiking to whitewater rafting and rock climbing. It’s also a fantastic place to camp, with nine primitive campgrounds, none of which have hookups or drinking water, along with plenty of opportunities for backcountry camping, both along the New River and along wooded trails. Best of all, camping in the park is free and no permits or reservations are required.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for tent camping: Meadow Creek Campground offers primitive tent-only sites in a wide open meadow.
  • Best for accessible camping: Glade Creek Campground has an accessible campsite and an accessible fishing area.
  • Best for RVs: Gauley Tailwaters Campground offers 18 drive-in sites, all of which can accommodate RVs.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. All sites at New River Gorge National Park are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. You'll have the highest chances of securing a campsite if you come mid-week, before the weekend rush.
  3. Try to arrive in the morning, right when people might be packing up, to stake out your spot.
  4. If you can't secure a campground in New Gorge National Park, you may have better luck in the nearby Bluestone State Park, which has reservable campsites, or by opting for a private Hipcamp in the area.

When to go

Although the park is open year-round, the best month to visit is September, when the summer crowds have died down but the weather is still warm and fall colors have begun. There's also generally slightly less rainfall in September than in July and August. Come on the third Saturday in October for the annual Bridge Day celebrations, which feature a 5k run and the chance to watch BASE jumpers descend from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Know before you go

  • There are no fees to camp in any of the park’s campgrounds.
  • All of the park's visitor centers are wheelchair-friendly. The Sandstone Falls Boardwalk and portions of the Long Point Trail and the Glade Creek Trail are also accessible.
  • Most rock-climbing routes in the park are only suitable for advanced climbers.
  • Lightning is common in the park. If you hear thunder, make sure to avoid open fields, tall trees, and hilltops.
  • There are two types of poisonous spiders present in the park: brown recluses and black widows. If you suspect you’ve been bitten, seek medical attention immediately.

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