Exploring the New River Gorge: Top Activities for June

Fall in the New River Gorge

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the New River Gorge in West Virginia is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, especially during June. With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a plethora of activities, the New River Gorge offers something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best things to do in this stunning area during early summer.

Whitewater Rafting

The New River is famous for its world-class whitewater rafting. June is an ideal time to hit the rapids as the water levels are perfect for both thrilling adventures and more moderate rides. The Upper New River is great for families and beginners, while the Lower New River provides heart-pounding Class III-IV rapids for the more experienced.


Adventures on the Gorge Lower New River Whitewater Rafting

Hiking and Trails

The New River Gorge boasts over 100 miles of hiking trails, offering spectacular views and varying levels of difficulty. Popular hikes include:

Endless Wall Trail: A moderate 2.4-mile loop that offers stunning views of the gorge and is perfect for an afternoon hike.

Long Point Trail: A 3.2-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a breathtaking overlook of the New River Gorge Bridge.

Fayetteville Town Park Trails: These trails are more accessible and family-friendly, providing a good mix of nature and ease.

Rock Climbing

June is prime climbing season in the gorge, with over 1,400 established climbing routes. Climbers of all skill levels can find routes that suit them. The sandstone cliffs provide excellent holds and challenging routes, making it a climber’s paradise.

Mountain Biking


For mountain biking enthusiasts, the Arrowhead Bike Farm offers several trails ranging from beginner to expert. The scenic views and challenging terrains make for an exhilarating ride. You can rent bikes and even get guided tours if you’re new to the area.

Mountain Biking in the New River Gorge


The New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world and offers fantastic fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch smallmouth bass, catfish, and muskellunge. June’s warmer waters make for a productive fishing experience.


Wildlife Watching

Early summer is a great time for wildlife watching. The diverse ecosystem of the gorge is home to numerous bird species, deer, and even the occasional black bear. The forests and riverbanks are bustling with activity, making it an excellent time for nature photography.


Scenic Drives and Overlooks

If you prefer a more relaxed way to enjoy the beauty of the gorge, consider a scenic drive along Fayette Station Road or the Highland Scenic Highway. These routes offer numerous overlooks where you can stop, take photos, and simply enjoy the view.


Visit Fayetteville


This charming town serves as the gateway to the New River Gorge and offers unique shops, local eateries, and historic sites. Don’t miss the chance to try the famous pies at Pies & Pints or the local craft beers at Bridge Brew Works.




For a unique perspective of the New River Gorge, take a Bridge Walk tour. This guided tour takes you across the catwalk beneath the New River Gorge Bridge, 851 feet above the river. It’s an exhilarating experience with incredible views.




June is a fantastic time to visit the New River Gorge. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or peaceful nature escapes, this West Virginia gem has it all. Pack your gear, gather your friends or family, and head to the New River Gorge for an unforgettable early summer experience


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