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Your End of Summer Road Trip: New River George National Park

Your End of Summer Road Trip: New River George National Park

If you’re an avid camper or RVer, you’ve probably been to plenty of our country’s beautiful national parks. But have you checked out the newest one yet?

New River George National Park just became official in December 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not have gotten as much attention or publicity as other parks in the past. But you should absolutely make it a priority if you’re looking for one last summer road trip this year.

Hidden away in southeast West Virginia, New River George National Park is truly a gem, and will undoubtedly have visitors flooding in from all over the country to see its beauty and enjoy incredible rock-climbing experiences.

So, what exactly does New River George have to offer? Let’s take a closer look.

More Than Just a Name

New River George gets its name from one of the oldest rivers in the world. It’s a nature preserve as well as a national park – one of only six in the nation. So, you can expect to fully immerse yourself in all its natural beauty while you’re there. If you’re truly a nature lover, this is the park for you.

But, it’s not just about exploring. New River George has countless activities you can try if you’re an outdoor enthusiast – or an adrenaline junkie. Some of the most popular activities include:

●Rock climbing

●Whitewater rafting

●Hiking

●Swimming

●Fishing

What’s truly interesting about this area is that it used to be a place that was heavily involved in the coal mining industry. Since the popularity of the industry has gone down, it’s now a place of pure, natural beauty.

Perfect for the Whole Family

One of the great things about New River George is that it’s perfect for kids and adults alike, and you can plan plenty of activities based on how long you want to stay. Kids can earn a junior ranger badge in things like fishing in just a day, and you can go on guided park tours to keep the whole family interested and entertained. You can even go on a family-friendly boat trip.

There are plenty of camping opportunities near New River George and in the park itself. The national park service has labeled the nearby sites as “primitive campgrounds,” since they tend to be a bit off the beaten path. They are a short distance away from things like service stations and markets. But they’re great when you’re RVing, since you’ll definitely want to spend more than one day there – especially if you love outdoor activities. Make sure you’re fully stocked with food and fuel, and you won’t have a problem with primitive campsites.

If you consider yourself a national park buff, or you’re just looking for something new and different to do for the end of the summer, consider taking in our nation’s newest national park. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to do, not just see. It’s a fully immersive experience not every park can offer. 

Aug 12th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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